Cisco Security has detected significant activity related to Italian-language spam email messages that claim to contain a Christmas greeting for the recipient. The text in the email message attempts to convince the recipient to open the link and view the details. However, the link contains a malicious .exe
file that, when executed, attempts to infect the system with malicious code.
Email messages that are related to this threat (RuleID6331) may contain the following files:
file in the BuonNatale.zip
attachment has a file size of 720,315 bytes. The MD5 checksum, which is a unique identifier of the executable, is the following string: 0x6AE241C42D8A445868F6AECC24478F63
The following text is a sample of the email message that is associated with this threat outbreak:
Grazie per l’impegno che profondete giornalmente a favore di tutti i soci Auser.
BUON NATALE E FELICE ANNO NUOVO!!!
p.s. Allegato con audio: cliccare sulle renne, una per una.
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.
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