Threat Outbreak Alert: Fake Product Purchase Order Request Email Messages on February 24, 2014

2014-02-25T14:09:44
ID CISCO-THREAT-33024
Type ciscothreats
Reporter Cisco
Modified 2014-02-25T14:09:44

Description

Medium

Alert ID:

33024

First Published:

2014 February 25 14:09 GMT

Version:

1

Summary

  • Cisco Security has detected significant activity related to spam email messages that claim to contain a purchase order request for the recipient. The text in the email message attempts to convince the recipient to open the attachment and view the order details. 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 (RuleID8974) may contain the following files:

> PO AND DATASHEET.zip
PO AND DATASHEET.exe

The PO AND DATASHEET.exe file in the PO AND DATASHEET.zip attachment has a file size of 301,568 bytes. The MD5 checksum, which is a unique identifier of the executable, is the following string: 0x88BA09F4195D5767356B314C571AE48F

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

> Subject: Inquiring on your product.

Message Body:

Dear Sir,
How are you today?
We have not been able to reach all this while after our last discussion because we lost our data base due to problems with our IT provider.
I just retrieve back your information and decided to contact you again as regards our last discussion.
Please find attached a copy of our purchase order and datasheet as agreed upon earlier.
Please go through it and let me know what you think. everything is good, please issue proforma invoice, with your complete account details for remittance.
Regards
Edward May.

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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