Threat Outbreak Alert: Fake Product Purchase Order Request Email Messages on March 3, 2014

2014-03-05T23:14:48
ID CISCO-THREAT-33168
Type ciscothreats
Reporter Cisco
Modified 2014-03-05T23:14:48

Description

Medium

Alert ID:

33168

First Published:

2014 March 5 23:14 GMT

Version:

1

Summary

  • Cisco Security has detected significant activity related to spam email messages that purport to contain a purchase order attachment for the recipient. The text in the email message attempts to convince the recipient to open the attachment and view the 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 (RuleID9077) may contain the following files:

> Catalogs.zip
Catalogs.exe

The Catalogs.exe file in the Catalogs.zip attachment has a file size of 1,160,051 bytes. The MD5 checksum, which is a unique identifier of the executable, is the following string: 0xC522C9BEA1196AC7E479F710A4D95603.

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

> Message Body:

Hello Sir/Madam
I was directed by a customer of yours, here attach our Purchase order and please let me have your best price so we could commence business deal ASAP as we await your P/I for confirmation of Order,
Thanks as we hope for the best.
Best Regards
DAVID ROMEN
General Machinery Agencies
International Traders
GSM France: + 33 (0) 6 28 95 94 14
GSM Germany: + 49 (0) 170 807 34 80
Germany Landline: + 49 (0) 2203 988 93 78

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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