Threat Outbreak Alert: Fake Investment Request E-mail Messages on January 18, 2013
IntelliShield: Threat Outbreak Alert
2012 December 20 16:19 GMT
2013 January 18 19:13 GMT
Cisco Security Intelligence Operations has detected significant activity on January 18, 2013.
Cisco Security Intelligence Operations has detected significant activity related to spam e-mail messages that claim to contain an investment request attachment for the recipient. The text in the e-mail message attempts to convince the recipient to open the attachment. 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 (RuleID4960 and RuleID4960KVR) may contain the following files:
information identity.scr Sales Contract.....scr
The information identity.scr file has a file size of 440,320 bytes. The MD5 checksum, which is a unique identifier of the executable, is the following string: 0x12A865FD7DF86988605904C8185FBE25
The Sales Contract.....scr file has a file size of 188,928 bytes. The MD5 checksum is the following string: 0xE333377C28C6EBFF7954B8CBF496A554
The following text is a sample of the e-mail message that is associated with this threat outbreak:
Subject: Investment in Your Company Available Gold at 99, 99% (Gold Bar) And (91.66%) plus, unrefined (Gold Dus
Hello , I saw your profile and decided to contact you over this deal to know if your company can handle huge sum of fund for investment in your country.
More About me. My name is Dr. Mrs. Ada Emillia Ahmed Bin Venezuela Citizen married to Libyan and wife of late Retire General Ahmed Diko Bin, who was shot dead during the civil war in Libya. ,My late Husband was Financial adviser and business associate with Mr.Saif Al-Arab Gaddafi that deals in Crude Oil lifting, Gold Dust/Bars situated in Tripoli-Libya. I was married with 6 kids,two boys and four girl.I lost my two daughters during Libya War last year. it was a terribly situation for me and my Family Right now in the desert.
Right now I am looking for a trustworthy and reliable person who will assist to receive huge sum in your country for investment. What I want is for an investor who can assist to receive and secure the amount in your country for proper investment of the fund.
I was supposed to find a sponsor and partner from Venezuela and move the money and gold to my dear country Venezuela but you need no education of our present administration under the reign of his excellency president Mr. Hugo Chavez I hope you will agree with me
that he is the most wicked president the country has ever produced as a nation. He likes to be the man on top and he very much hates competition. With this sum of money coupled with the gold invested in the country, he will see me as a possible opposition and will do anything within his power to confiscate the fund. He will dig very dip to know the origin of the fund and if he digs dip enough, am afraid that he may dig out something and if he does, there will be trouble as he will reveal the truth to not only Libya but to the whole world. And that the last possibilities I want to hear.
Once I receive your mail indicating your genuine interest to partner with me in all honesty and trust, I will then furnish you further on how we can bring in the said amount that has been moved out of Libya completely country to your country, Again you must make sure you keep this confidentiality that this requires including the picture must be kept a top secret, as the new government in Libya is now clamping down on all the associates of late President Muamar Gaddafi currently i am on hiding but will let you know where i am as we progress genuinely.
Lastly, I must inform you that internet is not the right place to communicate over this deal but as situation warrant. So in this effect, I will be glad if a meeting will be scheduled to enable us have a face to face discussion.
Sincerely speaking,I understood the reason why people finds it difficult in trusting strangers in this wicked world we are living. But in this case, transparent,honesty and truthfulness is my watch world and I cant wait to prove to you the authenticity of this deal.I believe in practical demonstrations. By this, I mean that you should make yourself available so that you will see everything with your own eyes. Not by mail or by phone.
Dr. Mrs. Ada Emillia
Subject: Waiting For Sales Contract.....
Do send the Sales Contract for immediate execution.
I have attached the purchase order for January 2013. Please let me
know if there are any delivery issues.
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.
Threat Outbreak Alert
Original Release Base
Alerts and bulletins on the Cisco Security Intelligence Operations Portal are highlighted by analysts in the
Cisco Threat Operations Center and represent a subset of the comprehensive content that is available through Cisco Security IntelliShield Alert Manager Service.
This customizable threat and vulnerability alert service provides security staff with access to timely, accurate, and credible information about threats and vulnerabilities that may affect their environment.
The urgency and severity ratings of this alert are not tailored to individual users; users may value alerts differently based upon their network configurations and circumstances. THE ALERT, AND INFORMATION CONTAINED THEREIN, ARE PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" BASIS AND DO NOT IMPLY ANY KIND OF GUARANTEE OR WARRANTY, INCLUDING THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR USE. YOUR USE OF THE ALERT, AND INFORMATION CONTAINED THEREIN, OR MATERIALS LINKED FROM THE ALERT, IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. INFORMATION IN THIS ALERT AND ANY RELATED COMMUNICATIONS IS BASED ON OUR KNOWLEDGE AT THE TIME OF PUBLICATION AND IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. CISCO RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CHANGE OR UPDATE ALERTS AT ANY TIME.