Threat Outbreak Alert: Fake Sample Product Quote E-mail Messages on December 18, 2012
IntelliShield: Threat Outbreak Alert
2012 December 19 10:06 GMT
2012 December 19 10:06 GMT
Cisco Security Intelligence Operations has detected significant activity on December 18, 2012.
Cisco Security Intelligence Operations has detected significant activity related to spam e-mail messages that claim to contain a sample product quote for the recipient. The text in the e-mail message attempts to convince the recipient to open the attachment and view the invoice. However, the attachment contains a malicious .scr file that, when executed, attempts to infect the system with malicious code.
E-mail messages that are related to this threat (RuleID4949) may contain the following file: Quotation Sample.scr
The Quotation Sample.scr file has a file size of 180,944 bytes. The MD5 checksum, which is a unique identifier of the executable, is the following string: 0xB37BC9697A155627CAE974C8BDF9499D
The following text is a sample of the e-mail message that is associated with this threat outbreak:
Subject: SPAMPRODUCT MODEL DESCRIPTIONS AND PICTURES
This is Carol Jane Smith from NEBROMEXE GENERAL INCORPORATION of San Francisco, USA, we do supplies to a lot of chain store and retail outlets in the USA and Indeed over Canada. The product model we are asking you to make for us, we have previously been supplied by a company in Seoul-Korea. However, due to excessive demand, this supplier has been unable to meet up with the delivery schedules and the shortfall is beginning to bring a deficit on our part.
Please note that "Quality" "is very important to us." And we are made to understand that your company is more reliable and capable to meet up with our product demand.
Here in is an attached document which contains full details of our order including the required quantity and pictures of a sample product model we have previously produced. Please kindly click on the attached Quotation document to see our companies order details that we need from your company.
We need to have the same exact, as is in the sample pictures on the file. If you will need us to send you a counter-sample so you know exactly what we need, kindly inform me. After viewing our order please kindly send me a quote and include delivery terms, payment methods and terms and any further information you would need to give me by mail and I would call you on the number listed. Don’t forget to drop a direct contact number. Please treat as urgent and reply at the earliest.
Carol Jane Smith
San Francisco - USA.
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 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. E-mail 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 e-mail and hostile web URLs from being passed to the end user.
The security vulnerability applies to the following combinations of products.
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