Threat Outbreak Alert: Fake Airline Ticket Order Confirmation Email Messages on February 24, 2014

2014-02-25T19:52:51
ID CISCO-THREAT-33028
Type ciscothreats
Reporter Cisco
Modified 2014-02-25T19:52:51

Description

Medium

Alert ID:

33028

First Published:

2014 February 25 19:52 GMT

Version:

1

Summary

  • Cisco Security has detected significant activity related to spam email messages that claim to contain an airline ticket confirmation for the recipient. The text in the email message attempts to convince the recipient to open the link to download a copy of the ticket. However, the link contains a .zip file containing a malicious .pif file that, when executed, attempts to infect the system with malicious code.

Email messages that are related to this threat (RuleID8985) may contain the following files:

> pdf_ba_ticket_4W2KUA.zip
pdf_ba_ticket_4W2KUA.pif

The pdf_ba_ticket_4W2KUA.pif file in the pdf_ba_ticket_4W2KUA.zip archive has a file size of 386,048 bytes. The MD5 checksum, which is a unique identifier of the executable, is the following string: 0x7C8A1B3FF186DB8764505E4D54A29B64

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

> Subject: Your Order #83902919 / 24 feb 2014

Message Body:

Dear Customer,
This is a confirmation that your order has been successfully processed.
Booking reference: 4W2KUA
DEPARTURE DATE & TIME / FEB 26, 2014, 11:30 AM
DEPARTING / LONDON
TOTAL PRICE / 490 GBP
The flight number and the seat number can be located in the lower part of the ticket.
An electronic copy of the ticket can be downloaded from our website :
hxxps: //www.britishairways.com/travel/ticket/download_ticket.aspx?flight_id=4W2KUA&order_id=83902919
For more information regarding your order, contact us by visiting :
hxxp: //www.britishairways.com/travel/help-and-contacts/public/en_gb?source=MNVINF1customer_service&link=main_nav
This email was sent to you by
British Airways,
Speedbird Way,
Harmondsworth,
UB7 0GB,
United Kingdom.
This email is intended solely for the addressee(s) and the information it contains is confidential. If you are not the intended recipient (a) please delete this email and inform the sender as soon as possible, and (b) any copying, distribution or other action taken or omitted to be taken in reliance upon it is prohibited and may be unlawful.

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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