Threat Outbreak Alert: Fake Product Purchase Order Request Email Messages on April 30, 2014

2014-04-30T18:03:40
ID CISCO-THREAT-34005
Type ciscothreats
Reporter Cisco
Modified 2014-04-30T18:03:40

Description

Medium

Alert ID:

34005

First Published:

2014 April 30 18:03 GMT

Version:

1

Summary

  • Cisco Security has detected significant activity related to spam email messages that claim to contain a product purchase order request for the recipient. The text in the email message attempts to convince the recipient to open the attachment to view product specification and quantity. 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 (RuleID9797) may contain the following files:

> #PO5876.zip
#PO5876.exe

The #PO5876.exe file in the #PO5876.zip attachment has a file size of 707,083 bytes. The MD5 checksum, which is a unique identifier of the executable, is the following string: 0x8A516CC93DDFD851A4FDDB46387C9F3B

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

> Subject: PO#5876 (Purchase Order)

Message Body:

Hello Sir/Madam,
Good day. I am Nisar from Yiwu Shundian Trade Co. We have a major demand from our customer to supplier’s quantity product which is similar to your product service. Find attached is the product specification (PO5897) and quantity required for initial purchase.
Kindly send us quote for product specification attached with your minimum order quantity, FOB and payment terms. Do you accept LC?
Sincerely hope to have good cooperation with you. I wait for your early reply.
Best wishes,
Manager
Mr. Niser Khan
Yiwu Shundian Trade Co., Ltd.
E: nisar73683@hotmail.com
S: hxxp://www.shundian-trade.com
W: hxxp://shundian-trade.en.alibaba.com

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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