Cisco Security Intelligence Operations has detected significant activity related to spam e-mail messages that claim to contain a Citibank account validation request for the recipient. The text in the e-mail message attempts to convince the recipient to open the attachment that has a filename similar to a valid Citibank domain but is actually a malicious form. Instructions within the e-mail direct the user to input their banking information into the malicious form. If the user enters the information, the form may submit the information to that attacker, who could use that information as part of other fraudulent activity.
E-mail messages that are related to this threat (RuleID4105) may contain any of the following file:
The www.online.citibank.com_protect_login_verifypage.html attachment has a file size of approximately 113,387 bytes.
The following text is a sample of the e-mail message that is associated with this threat outbreak:
Subject: Validation Error Code- **56370089**
You are receiving this message due to errors encountered in our regular verification process of Online Banking records.
This might be due to one of the following reasons:
* Several failed attemps to access your account
* Accessing of your account from a different device
* Either your information has been changed or incomplete
To restore your account, We have attached Citibank Secure form to this email, Download and open the Citibank Secure Form attached to this email Enter the required fields on the form (that you selected during the online enrollment process) and Click on Continue, so that your information can merge with the previous update for a better connection.
Your account will work as normal after the verfication is processed
Citibank, N.A. Member FDIC.
Copyright 2012 Citigroup Inc. Citi with Arc Design and Citibank are registered service marks of Citigroup Inc.
Cisco Security Intelligence Operations analysts examine real-world e-mail 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 e-mail security threats and trends. Cisco will continue to monitor this threat and automatically adapt IronPort systems to protect customers. This report will be updated if there are significant changes or if the risk to end users increases.
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