Threat Outbreak Alert: Fake Wire Transfer Notification E-mail Messages on January 31, 2013
IntelliShield: Threat Outbreak Alert
2013 January 31 16:07 GMT
2013 January 31 16:07 GMT
Cisco Security Intelligence Operations has detected significant activity on January 31, 2013.
Cisco Security Intelligence Operations has detected significant activity related to spam e-mail messages that claim to contain a wire transfer notification for the recipient. The text in the e-mail message attempts to convince the recipient to open the attachment and view the copy of the wire payment slip. However, the attachment contains a malicious .exe file that, when executed, attempts to infect the system with malicious code.
E-mail messages that are related to this threat (RuleID5171) may contain any of the following files: PDF-Plugin.exe
The PDF-Plugin.exe attachment has a file size of 116,224 bytes. The MD5 checksum, which is a unique identifier of the executable, is the following string: 0x53AF2B5D2B0D0A35B5099F316BA6E3E4
The following text section is a sample of the e-mail message that is associated with this threat outbreak:
This is an eLectronic Notification Service (EnS) to officially inform you that we have made the payment of $800,000.00(eight Hundred thousand dollars into your account. please download and view the attached copy of the wire payment slip for confirmation and procurement.
Mr Charles Smith
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 Virus Outbreak Filters 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 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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