Threat Outbreak Alert: Fake Product Sample Request Email Messages on May 19, 2014

2014-05-20T13:57:44
ID CISCO-THREAT-34298
Type ciscothreats
Reporter Cisco
Modified 2014-05-20T13:57:44

Description

Medium

Alert ID:

34298

First Published:

2014 May 20 13:57 GMT

Version:

1

Summary

  • Cisco Security has detected significant activity related to spam email messages that claim to contain a product sample request confirmation for the recipient. The text in the email message attempts to convince the recipient to open the attachment and view the details. However, the .rar 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 (RuleID10046) may contain the following files:

> Sample Pictures.exe
Sample Pictures.rar

The Sample Pictures.exe file in the Sample Pictures.rar attachment has a file size of 328,192 bytes. The MD5 checksum, which is a unique identifier of the executable, is the following string: 0xC825A5A32E649852B8C57C8884F7C6CD

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

> Message Body:

Good day,
thanks for the last supply, our customers were impressed with the goods.
See attached below the Sample Pictures requested by our customers. kindly confirm if you can supply them. Your urgent reply is needed.
Best Regards

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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