Threat Outbreak Alert: Fake Party Invitation E-mail Messages on December 18, 2012
IntelliShield: Threat Outbreak Alert
2012 December 19 15:27 GMT
2012 December 19 15:27 GMT
Cisco Security Intelligence Operations has detected significant activity on December 18, 2012.
Security Intelligence Operations has detected significant activity
related to spam e-mail messages that claim to contain an invitation to a Xmas party for the recipient. The text in the e-mail
message attempts to persuade the recipient to open the attachment and
view the details. However, the .scr file, when executed, attempts to infect the system with malicious code.
E-mail messages that are related to this threat (RuleID4952) may contain the following file:
The Invitation.scr file attachment has a file size of 197,120 bytes. The MD5 checksum, which is a unique identifier of the executable, is the following string: 0xD17B665CC7D86070256F810AD4C324F2
The following text is a sample of the e-mail message that is associated with this threat outbreak:
Subject: Xmas party - Invitation
I cordially invite you to our Xmas party
It is a celebration of life with friends and family
We are happy and hope you can join us on our day.
Check attachment for Venue, Dress code, Program event and Date.
Thank you all.
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.
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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
appliances are automatically updated to prevent both spam e-mail and
hostile web URLs from being passed to the end user.
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