Threat Outbreak Alert: Fake Online Account Information Request Email Messages on April 17, 2014

2014-04-17T18:44:09
ID CISCO-THREAT-33838
Type ciscothreats
Reporter Cisco
Modified 2014-04-17T18:44:09

Description

Medium

Alert ID:

33838

First Published:

2014 April 17 18:44 GMT

Version:

1

Summary

  • Cisco Security has detected significant activity related to spam email messages that claim to contain an account information request from PayPal for the recipient. The text in the email message attempts to convince the recipient to open the attachment to complete the attached form. 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 (RuleID9663) may contain the following files:

> IdentityForm.zip
IdentityForm.scr

The IdentityForm.scr file in the _IdentityForm.zip _attachment has a file size of 19,968 bytes. The MD5 checksum, which is a unique identifier of the executable, is the following string: 0x9E2D7FB888B5D6668D1F23EE40CA8ECD

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

> Subject: Identity Issue #PP-145-516-897-868

Message Body:

We are writing you this email in regards to your PayPal account. In accordance with our "Terms and Conditions", article 3.2., we would like to kindly ask you to confirm your identity by completing the attached form.
Please print this form and fill in the requested information. Once you have filled out all the information on the form please send it to verification@paypal.com along with a personal identification document (identity card, driving license or international passport) and a proof of address submitted with our system ( bank account statement or utility bill )
Your case ID for this reason is PP-FR7KTGRTX8Q7
For your protection, we might limit your account access. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Thanks,
PayPal
CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE:
This electronic mail transmission and any attached files contain information intended for the exclusive use of the individual or entity to whom it is addressed and may contain information belonging to the sender (PayPal , Inc.) that is proprietary, privileged, confidential and/or protected from disclosure under applicable law. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any viewing, copying, disclosure or distributions of this electronic message are violations of federal law. Please notify the sender of any unintended recipients and delete the original message without making any copies. Thank You
PayPal Email ID PP74750

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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