Threat Outbreak Alert: Fake Payment Transaction Notice Email Messages on February 21, 2014

2014-02-21T17:19:39
ID CISCO-THREAT-32966
Type ciscothreats
Reporter Cisco
Modified 2014-02-21T17:19:39

Description

Medium

Alert ID:

32966

First Published:

2014 February 21 17:19 GMT

Version:

1

Summary

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

Email messages that are related to this threat (RuleID8937) may contain the following files:

> Paymnet receipt 7882-661 21-02-2014.zip
Paymnet receipt 7882-661 21-02-2014.exe

The Paymnet receipt 7882-661 21-02-2014.exe file in the Paymnet receipt 7882-661 21-02-2014.zip attachment has a file size of 314,880 bytes. The MD5 checksum, which is a unique identifier of the executable, is the following string: 0xAFCAEA44DB42437E8CBB46C9CDCB70B3

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

> Message Body:

Transaction is completed. £74647 has been successfully transfered.
If the transaction was made by mistake please contact our customer service.
Receipt on payment is attached.
Coutts Private Bank Services is a trading name of Coutts Private Bank Services PLC and its subsidiaries. Coutts Private Bank Services PLC is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority (Financial Services Register No. 122702). Registered in England. Registered Number is 1026167 with registered office at 1 Churchill Place, London E119HP.

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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