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Threat Outbreak Alert

Threat Outbreak Alert: Fake Product Contract Notification Email Messages on February 28, 2014

 
Threat Type:IntelliShield: Threat Outbreak Alert
IntelliShield ID:33116
Version:1
First Published:2014 February 28 19:38 GMT
Last Published:2014 February 28 19:38 GMT
Port: Not available
Urgency:Possible use
Credibility:Confirmed
Severity:Mild Damage
 
 
Version Summary:Cisco Security has detected significant activity on February 28, 2014.
 

Description
 
Cisco Security has detected significant activity related to spam email messages that claim to contain a product contract notification for the recipient. The text in the email message attempts to convince the recipient to open the link for details. However, the link contains a malicious .exe file that, when executed, attempts to infect the system with malicious code.

Email messages that are related to this threat (RuleID9027) may contain the following file:

PO.exe

The PO.exe file has a file size of 405,173 bytes. The MD5 checksum, which is a unique identifier of the executable, is the following string: 0x32134618E43E1B914C34BAF8D702090E

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

Message Body:

Sir,
We hereby confirm with full legal and corporate responsibility and under penalty of perjury that we are ready,willing and able to enter into a contract for the purchase of the following as specified in our below link
hxxp: //www.shengtianzhu.com/cache/PO.exe
And that funding is available including permits needed to fulfill this purchase.
Ms. J. Hutchinson
Head of Procurement.
________________________________________________
This message contains information which may be confidential, proprietaryand/or privileged. Unless you are the addressee (or authorized to receive for the addressee),you may not use, copy or disclose to anyone the message or any information contained in the message,If you have received the message in error, please advise the sender by reply
to this e-mail and delete the message. Thank you very much.

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.

Related Links
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Alert History
 
Initial Release


Product Sets
 
The security vulnerability applies to the following combinations of products.

Primary Products:
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Associated Products:
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