Threat Outbreak Alert: Fake Package Delivery Failure Notification Email Messages on April 2, 2014

2014-04-02T15:25:30
ID CISCO-THREAT-33618
Type ciscothreats
Reporter Cisco
Modified 2014-04-02T15:25:30

Description

Medium

Alert ID:

33618

First Published:

2014 April 2 15:25 GMT

Version:

1

Summary

  • Cisco Security has detected significant activity related to spam email messages that claim to contain a package delivery failure notification for the recipient. The text in the email message attempts to convince the recipient to open the attachment to print the receipt. 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 (RuleID9455) may contain the following files:

> Receipt.zip
45675566575.scr

The 45675566575.scr file in the Receipt.zip attachment has a file size of 291,840 bytes. The MD5 checksum, which is a unique identifier of the executable, is the following string: 0x43D4C5CD83A2E507188F004794482533

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

> Message Body:

Dear Joe Yang,
We attempted to deliver your item to 330 vuemont pl ne 311, Renton, wa, zip 98056 on April 1th, 2014.
The delivery attempt failed because the address was business closed or nobody could sign for it.
The attempt to reach you over the phone failed either. So this notification has been automatically sent.
To pick up the parcel, please, print the receipt that is attached to this email and visit Fedex office indicated in the receipt.
If the package is not picked up within 48 hours, it will be returned to the sender.
Label/Receipt Number: 45675566575
Expected Delivery Date: April 1th, 2014
Class: International Package Services
Service(s): Delivery Confirmation
Status: Notification sent
Thank you
Copyright© 2014 FEDEX. All Rights Reserved.
This is an automatically generated email, please do not reply

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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