Threat Outbreak Alert: Fake Bank Deposit Notification Email Messages on February 27, 2014

2014-02-27T21:31:57
ID CISCO-THREAT-33094
Type ciscothreats
Reporter Cisco
Modified 2014-02-27T21:31:57

Description

Medium

Alert ID:

33094

First Published:

2014 February 27 21:31 GMT

Version:

1

Summary

  • Cisco Security has detected significant activity related to spam email messages that claim to contain a bank deposit notification for the recipient. The text in the email message attempts to convince the recipient to open the secured link to view the payment slip and confirm. However, the link contains .zip file containing a malicious .EXE file that, when executed, attempts to infect the system with malicious code.

Email messages that are related to this threat (RuleID9013) may contain the following files:

> Payment_receipt.zip
PAYMEN~1.EXE

The PAYMEN~1.EXE file in the Payment_receipt.zip archive has a file size of 617,131 bytes. The MD5 checksum, which is a unique identifier of the executable, is the following string: 0xE143F23A12241A5974A0F88D2E5E3955

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

> Message Body:

Dear Sir/ Madam.
This to Inform you that our company has paid in the total of $75,000 to the Bank account
which you sent to us, we have attach the scan Copy of the payment slip, please confirm, the
balance will be paid in two weeks time.
Please find the secured link to the invoice, click here to download
Regards
Hansram Seewoodin.
Manager Foreign Transfer Unit

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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