Threat Outbreak Alert: Fake Parking Charge Payment Notice Email Messages on May 20, 2014

2014-05-20T16:07:42
ID CISCO-THREAT-34302
Type ciscothreats
Reporter Cisco
Modified 2014-05-20T16:07:42

Description

Medium

Alert ID:

34302

First Published:

2014 May 20 16:07 GMT

Version:

1

Summary

  • Cisco Security has detected significant activity related to spam email messages that claim to contain a parking charge payment notice for the recipient. The text in the email message attempts to convince the recipient to open the attachment for more information. 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 (RuleID10053) may contain the following files:

> notice20052014.zip
notice20052014.scr

The notice20052014.scr file in the notice20052014.zip attachment has a file size of 16,896 bytes. The MD5 checksum, which is a unique identifier of the executable, is the following string: 0x78D9C38321E532050CDBEC8F83DAC6B2

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

> Subject: REMINDER NOTICE do not ignore

Message Body:

Justice Logo
REMINDER NOTICE DO NOT IGNORE
To: xukgdjltm@iobox.fi
Case: C4510850
Your vehicle was recorded parked on our Clients Private Property
driveways on the 20.05.2014 and remained on site for 2 hour 27 min. A notice was sent to you on 11.03.2014 which gives 28 days to pay full PARKING CHARGE or challenge the issue.
The amount of £70.00 is now due if payment not received within 28 days, an additional 40.00 administration charge will be incurred. Failure to pay the full outstanding balance within 14 days of the date of this notice could result in the outstanding balance being registered as a debt against you. You will also become liable for additional costs and interest invoiced. Your ability to obtain credit in the future could be affected.
Check attached document for more information.
We are holding photographic evidence on file to support this claim.
The Ministry of Justice gathers information relating to site usage. Any information gathered is primarily for internal use to allow us to refine and improve our customer service.
2014 Crown copyright. Gov.uk Logo

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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