Threat Outbreak Alert: Fake Payment Transfer Notice Email Messages on February 20, 2014

2014-02-20T21:02:11
ID CISCO-THREAT-32947
Type ciscothreats
Reporter Cisco
Modified 2014-02-20T21:02:11

Description

Medium

Alert ID:

32947

First Published:

2014 February 20 21:02 GMT

Version:

1

Summary

  • Cisco Security has detected significant activity related to spam email messages that claim to contain a payment transfer notice for the recipient. The text in the email message attempts to convince the recipient to open the attachment to view a copy of the payment slip. However, the .zip attachment contains a malicious .7z file that, when executed, attempts to infect the system with malicious code.

Email messages that are related to this threat (RuleID8930) may contain the following files:

> payment slip.zip
PaymentSlip13540-pdf.7z

The PaymentSlip13540-pdf.7z file size in the payment slip.zip attachment is unavailable. The MD5 checksum is also unavailable.

The following text is a sample of the email message that is associated with this threat outbreak:

> Subject: PAYMENT SLIP

Message Body:

Good day,
Your customer instructed us to transfer the balance (payment) to your
account. I have attached a copy of the (payment)
Regards
Mr Khalid Bin
Al Fardan Exchange LLC.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Cisco Security analysts examine real-world email traffic data that is collected from over 100,000 contributing organizations worldwide. This data helps provide a range of information about and analysis of global email security threats and trends. Cisco will continue to monitor this threat and automatically adapt systems to protect customers. This report will be updated if there are significant changes or if the risk to end users increases.

Cisco security appliances protect customers during the critical period between the first exploit of a virus outbreak and the release of vendor antivirus signatures. Email that is managed by Cisco and end users who are protected by Cisco Web Security Appliances will not be impacted by these attacks. Cisco security appliances are automatically updated to prevent both spam email and hostile web URLs from being passed to the end user.

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