Threat Outbreak Alert: Fake Account Lockout Notice Email Messages on May 14, 2014

2014-05-14T14:15:48
ID CISCO-THREAT-34222
Type ciscothreats
Reporter Cisco
Modified 2014-05-14T14:15:48

Description

Medium

Alert ID:

34222

First Published:

2014 May 14 14:15 GMT

Version:

1

Summary

  • Cisco Security has detected significant activity related to spam email messages that claim to contain an account lockout notice for the recipient. The text in the email message attempts to convince the recipient to open the attachment to proceed with the verification process to restore the account. However, the .zip attachment contains a malicious .html file that, when executed, attempts to infect the system with malicious code.

Email messages that are related to this threat (RuleID9963) may contain the following files:

> westpac_form_413-217-9908413-217-9908.zip
westpac_form_413-217-9908413-217-9908.html

The westpac_form_413-217-9908413-217-9908.htm_l file size in the _westpac_form_413-217-9908413-217-9908.zip attachment is unavailable. The MD5 checksum is also unavailable.

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

> Subject: 1 New message

Message Body:

For security purposes, your online account has been locked.
To restore your account, please Download The atachament and proceed with the verification process.
© 2014 Westpac

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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