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Threat Outbreak Alert

Threat Outbreak Alert: Fake Payment Information Email Messages on September 24, 2013

 
Threat Type:IntelliShield: Threat Outbreak Alert
IntelliShield ID:30969
Version:1
First Published:2013 September 24 19:04 GMT
Last Published:2013 September 24 19:04 GMT
Port: Not available
Urgency:Possible use
Credibility:Confirmed
Severity:Mild Damage
 
 
Version Summary:Cisco Security has detected significant activity on September 24, 2013.
 

Description
 
Cisco Security has detected significant activity related to spam email messages that claims to contain payment information from HSBC for the recipient. The message attempts to convince the recipient to open the attachment to view the details. However, the .zip attachment contains a malicious .scr file that, when executed, attempts to infect the system with malicious code.

Email messages that are related to this threat (RuleID7195) may contain the following files:

Swift Copy.zip
SwiftCopy.scr

The SwiftCopy.scr file in the Swift Copy.zip attachment has a file size of 761,856 bytes. The MD5 checksum, which is a unique identifier of the executable, is the following string: 0xB12F08506DA417B752766AFE443AFF18

The following text is a sample of the email message that is associated with this threat outbreak:

Subject: SWIFT PAYMENT

Message Body:

Dear Sir/Madam,
The attached payment advice is issued at the request of our customer.
The advice is for your reference only.
Please contact your bank for confirmation.
Yours faithfully,
Global Payments and Cash Management
HSBC
***************************************************************************
This is an auto-generated email, please DO NOT REPLY. Any replies to this
email will be disregarded.
*******************************************************************
"SAVE PAPER - THINK BEFORE YOU PRINT!"...
Payment Advice - Advice Ref:[G41978847383] / ACH credits / CustomerRef:[PO925110] / Second Party Ref:[INVSUMMARY]
======================
"HSBC Advising Service" (advising.service@mail.hsbcnet.hsbc.com)

Cisco Security analysts examine real-world email 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 email 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. Email 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 email and hostile web URLs from being passed to the end user.

Related Links
Cisco Security
Cisco SenderBase Security Network
 
Alert History
 
Initial Release


Product Sets
 
The security vulnerability applies to the following combinations of products.

Primary Products:
IntelliShieldThreat Outbreak Alert Original Release Base

Associated Products:
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