Threat Outbreak Alert RuleID24493: Email Messages Distributing Malicious Software on August 21, 2016

2016-08-22T14:32:22
ID CISCO-THREAT-48539
Type ciscothreats
Reporter Cisco
Modified 2016-08-22T14:32:22

Description

Medium

Alert ID:

48539

First Published:

2016 August 22 14:32 GMT

Version:

1

Summary

  • Cisco Security has detected significant activity related to spam email messages distributing malicious software.

Email messages that are related to this threat (RuleID24493) may contain the following files:

Name | Size in Bytes | MD5 Checksum
---|---|---
COMPENSATION.zip / COMPENSATION.exe
| 1,001,984
| 0xC3E25A4F2EB1DE0EDC1A067AAFBD4BF0

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

> Subject: THE GOVERNMENT IS REFUNDING YOU TODAY

Message Body:

THIS IS TO INFORM YOU THAT THIS OFFICE HAS BEEN MANDATED BY THE GOVERNMENT TO REFUND EVERY DIME STOLEN FROM YOU BY AFRICANS OR LOST TO SCAMS.THIS HAS BEEN LOOKED INTO FOR YEARS AND WE HAVE FOUND OUT THAT YOU HAVE BEEN SWINDLED SEVERAL TIMES. WE HAVE FINALLY PROCURED ALL LEGAL DOCUMENTS IN RELEASING YOUR FUND AND AS WE SPEAK YOUR FUND IS IN ONE OF THE LEADING BANKS IN THE COUNTRY READY TO BE DELIVERED TO YOU OR TRANSFERRED TO ANY OF YOUR NOMINATED BANK ACCOUNT.
NOW YOU ARE STRONGLY ADVISED TO OPEN THE ATTACHED FILE NAMED COMPENSATION AND THEN GO THROUGH THE INFORMATION ON THE ATTACHED FILE AND CONFIRM TO THIS OFFICE THAT THOSE ARE YOUR INFORMATION AND YOUR HOME ADDRESS.WITHOUT OPENING THE SAID FILE NAME REFUND WE CANNOT CONFIRM YOU ARE THE BENEFICIARY OF THE REFUND.
WE THEREFORE URGE YOU TO OPEN THE SAID FILE AND CLICK RUN TO VIEW THEN RESPOND BACK TO THIS OFFICE CONFIRMING THE INFORMATION ON THE ATTACHED FILE NAMED REFUND IS YOURS.DO MAKE SURE YOU OPEN THE ATTACHED AND CLICK RUN TO VIEW.
CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR REFUND

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Revision History

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