2014 March 17 14:24 GMT
Email messages that are related to this threat (RuleID9232) may contain the following files:
> ABSA certificate update.zip
ABSA certificate update.exe
The ABSA certificate update.exe file in the ABSA certificate update.zip attachment has a file size of 118,784 bytes. The MD5 checksum, which is a unique identifier of the executable, is the following string: 0x61458CC2FE3327BF7850260C6863264E
The following text is a sample of the email message that is associated with this threat outbreak:
> Subject: ABSA Global business customers certificate update
On March 14, 2014 server upgrade will take place. Due to this the system may be offline for approximately half an hour.
The changes will concern security, reliability and performance of mail service and the system as a whole.
For compatibility of your browsers and mail clients with upgraded server software you should run SSl certificates update procedure.
This procedure is quite simple. All you have to do is just to install new server certificate attached to the letter.
Thank you in advance for your attention to this matter and sorry for possible inconveniences.
System Administrator ABSA Global
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