Threat Outbreak Alert: Fake TurboTax State Return Notification E-mail Messages on February 14, 2013
IntelliShield: Threat Outbreak Alert
2013 February 14 19:57 GMT
2013 February 14 19:57 GMT
Cisco Security Intelligence Operations has detected significant activity on February 14, 2013.
Cisco Security Intelligence Operations has detected significant activity related to spam e-mail messages that claim to contain a state tax return rejection notification from TurboTax for the recipient. The text in the e-mail message attempts to convince the recipient to open the attachment for more information. However, the .zip 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 (RuleID5301) may contain the following files:
The TAX_3919473.exe file in the TAX_977121824.zip attachment has a file size of 154,624 bytes. The MD5 checksum, which is a unique identifier of the executable, is the following string: 0x6F4B289B92C638DFF2DB2B3E5913DF0E
The following text is a sample of the e-mail message that is associated with this threat outbreak:
Subject: TurboTax: State Return Rejected
Your Tax Return Status: State Return Rejected Your State Return Has Been Rejected! What this means:
Your 2012 Personal return "TAX_977121824" has been rejected. All information has been reviewed and validated by Intuit, please find more information attached. You will be prompted to open (view) the file or save (download) it to your computer.
Need copies of your tax returns for your records?
You can sign in to TurboTax any time and print or save copies for your records by clicking on the Print Center tab in the upper right corner of your screen.
Note: If you e-filed a federal return, you will receive a separate status email about that return.
We recommend keeping copies of all status emails for your records.
Thanks for using TurboTax!
Note: This email was automatically generated. Please do not respond to this email address; it comes from our automated alert system, which is not monitored for responses.
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