Threat Outbreak Alert: Fake Starbucks Gift Notification Email Messages on April 8, 2014

2014-04-08T20:10:26
ID CISCO-THREAT-33702
Type ciscothreats
Reporter Cisco
Modified 2014-04-08T20:10:26

Description

Medium

Alert ID:

33702

First Published:

2014 April 8 20:10 GMT

Version:

1

Summary

  • Cisco Security has detected significant activity related to spam email messages that claim to contain a Starbucks special gift for the recipient. The text in the email message attempts to convince the recipient to open the attachment to view the menu associated with the gift. However, the 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 (RuleID9543) may contain the following file:

> Starbucks Coffee Company gift details on 12.04.2014.exe

The Starbucks Coffee Company gift details on 12.04.2014.exe file in the attachment has a file size of 434,688 bytes. The MD5 checksum, which is a unique identifier of the executable, is the following string: 0x99C6F1AE612BA9BFFF95257416CAF934

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

> Subject: Starbucks Coffee Company gift form your friend

Message Body:

Your friend just made an order at Starbucks Coffee Company a few hours ago.
He pointed he is planning to make a special gift for you and he have a special occasion for that.
We’ve arranged an awesome menu for that case that can really surprise you with our new flavors.
In the attachment you can view the whole menu and the address and the exact time you can come and celebrate this day with your friend.
He asked to stay anonymous in order to make some mystery and desire to come and enjoy this atmosphere.
Have an awesome evening!

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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Revision History

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