Threat Outbreak Alert: Fake Hotel Booking Confirmation Email Messages on April 18, 2014

2014-04-18T18:09:53
ID CISCO-THREAT-33855
Type ciscothreats
Reporter Cisco
Modified 2014-04-22T15:37:52

Description

Medium

Alert ID:

33855

First Published:

2014 April 18 18:09 GMT

Last Updated:

2014 April 22 15:37 GMT

Version:

2

Summary

  • Cisco Security has detected significant activity related to spam email messages that claim to contain a hotel booking confirmation for the recipient. The text in the email message attempts to convince the recipient to open the attachment to cancel or modify the reservation. 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 (RuleID9677 and RuleID9677KVR) may contain the following files:

> Booking letter.scr
Booking number 390194849.zip

Booking number 035510391.zip

The Booking letter.scr file in the Booking number 390194849.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: 0x1D34692A57337FA75EB62D864E406F3A

A variant of the Booking letter.scr file in the Booking number 035510391.zip attachment has a file size of 19,968 bytes. The MD5 checksum is the following string: 0x4EC9A70FCDA120274D0F921058299F2B

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

> Subject: Your reservation is now confirmed!

Message Body:

Thanks! Your reservation is now confirmed.
BOOKING.COM online hotel reservations
Booking number: 390194849
PIN Code: 9633
Email: rinetloss@geicomail.com
Your reservation: 1 night, 1 room
Check in: Monday, April 28, 2014
(2: 00 pm - 00:00 am)
Check out: Tuesday, April 29, 2014
(until 12:00 pm)
Superior Double Room $1,799.68
VAT (20%) included $449.92
Total Price $2,249.60

> 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

  • Version | Description | Section | Date
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    2 | Cisco Security has detected significant activity on April 18, 2014. | | 2014-April-22 15:37 GMT
    1 | Cisco Security has detected significant activity on April 18, 2014. | | 2014-April-18 18:09 GMT
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