Threat Outbreak Alert: Fake Bank Transaction Notice Email Messages on April 30, 2014

2014-04-30T18:01:52
ID CISCO-THREAT-34004
Type ciscothreats
Reporter Cisco
Modified 2014-04-30T18:01:52

Description

Medium

Alert ID:

34004

First Published:

2014 April 30 18:01 GMT

Version:

1

Summary

  • Cisco Security has detected significant activity related to spam email messages that claim to contain a bank transaction notice for the recipient. The text in the email message attempts to convince the recipient to open the attachment for instruction details. However, the .zip 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 (RuleID9788) may contain the following files:

> FOREIGN EXCHANGE LC COPY.zip
FOREIGN EXCHANGE LC COPY.exe

The FOREIGN EXCHANGE LC COPY.exe file in the FOREIGN EXCHANGE LC COPY.zip attachment has a file size of 279,784 bytes. The MD5 checksum, which is a unique identifier of the executable, is the following string: 0x9121A4341A33B0E494CA394AF98D033B

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

> Subject: FW: ACCOUNTS CREDIT ALERT

Message Body:

**Kindly find attached L/C instruction details and confirm with your bank to conclude the transaction instructed below:


Customer Transfer Instruction


FINANCE ALERT
Account Number: 0*8
Senders BIC: PCOOKEWA
Amount: 1
**
Currency: USD
Date: 23-04-2014 00:00:00
Sender Ref: 41R31S8701 (PAYMENT AGAINST PI)
TRANSFER STATUS - PENDING
Yours faithfully
HSBC GROUP
(MAINLAND CHINA)
www.hsbc.com.cn
Please do not reply to this email as this email is not configured to receive any emails. In case of any clarification/information required, please contact our eBanking division: ebanking@hsbc.com.cn
DISCLAIMER: This email and any attachments are confidential and are intended solely for the addressee.
If you are not the addressee inform the sender immediately and destroy it.
Do not open, read, copy, disclose, use or store it in any way, or permit others to do so.
Emails are not secure and may suffer errors, viruses, delay, interception, and amendment.
HSBC and its subsidiaries do not accept liability for damage caused by this email and may monitor email traffic.
"SAVE PAPER - THINK BEFORE YOU PRINT!"

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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