Threat Outbreak Alert RuleID24697: Email Messages Distributing Malicious Software on August 31, 2016

2016-08-31T13:47:22
ID CISCO-THREAT-48681
Type ciscothreats
Reporter Cisco
Modified 2016-08-31T13:47:22

Description

Medium

Alert ID:

48681

First Published:

2016 August 31 13:47 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 (RuleID24697) may contain the following files:

Name | Size in Bytes | MD5 Checksum
---|---|---
HSBC_pAYMENT _aDVICE_20160827.arj / HSBC_pAYMENT _aDVICE_20160827.exe
| 1,104,896
| 0xC3EDEC6805D64FB5F73E24E407BEB9D4

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

> Subject: Payment Advice - Advice Ref:[G42009687770] / Priority payment /Customer Ref:[3450000]

Message Body:

**Dear Sir/Madam,
The attached payment advice is issued at the request of our customer. The advice is for your reference only.
Yours faithfully,
Global Payments and Cash Management
HSBC


This is an auto-generated email, please DO NOT REPLY. Any replies to this
email will be disregarded.


Security tips
1. Install virus detection software and personal firewall on your computer. This software needs to be updated regularly to ensure you have the latest protection.
2. To prevent viruses or other unwanted problems, do not open attachments from unknown or non-trustworthy sources.
3. If you discover any unusual activity, please contact the remitter of this payment as soon as possible.



This e-mail is confidential. It may also be legally privileged.
If you are not the addressee you may not copy, forward, disclose
or use any part of it. If you have received this message in error,
please delete it and all copies from your system and notify the
sender immediately by return e-mail.
Internet communications cannot be guaranteed to be timely,
secure, error or virus-free. The sender does not accept liability
for any errors or omissions.


"SAVE PAPER - THINK BEFORE YOU PRINT!"**

Cisco security appliances can help protect customers during the critical period between the first exploit of a virus outbreak and the release of vendor antivirus signatures. Cisco Web Security Appliances help secure and control web and email traffic by offering layers of malware protection. Cisco security appliances are automatically updated to help prevent both spam email and hostile web URLs from being passed to the end user.

Revision History

  • Version | Description | Section | Date
    ---|---|---|---
    1 | Initial release to report significant activity detected by Cisco Security on August 31, 2016. | — | 2016-August-31
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