Threat Outbreak Alert: Fake Product Purchase Order Request Email Messages on March 17, 2014

2014-03-17T14:26:40
ID CISCO-THREAT-33364
Type ciscothreats
Reporter Cisco
Modified 2014-03-17T14:26:40

Description

Medium

Alert ID:

33364

First Published:

2014 March 17 14:26 GMT

Version:

1

Summary

  • Cisco Security has detected significant activity related to spam email messages that claim to contain a purchase order for the recipient. The text in the email message attempts to convince the recipient to open the attachment for samples of required products and detailed specifications. However, the .zip attachment contains a malicious .scr file that, when executed, attempts to infect the system with malicious code.

Email messages that are related to this threat (RuleID9226) may contain the following files:

> PO201403189.zip
PO201403189.scr

The PO201403189.scr file in the PO201403189.zip attachment has a file size of 349,841 bytes. The MD5 checksum, which is a unique identifier of the executable, is the following string: 0x1CE5EF95B37D6B938BE2F9AA93578472

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

> Message Body:

I have written you before without getting a reply from you. I am interested in transacting a purchase business with you. I have herewith, an itemized list of the specification/product we need. Kindly view the attachment below for samples of required products and detailed specification and let me know if you have them. However, we would like to see your Latest catalogue with Minimum Order Quantity, Delivery time or FOB, Payment warranty.I hope to get a response from you soon if you are still in business. Sincerely, Tjas Sipowicz Import/Export Director PRUEBA GARDEN EXPORT P.O. Box 355023 Poland Office : +48-1224-285817 Fax : +48-1224-285789

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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