Cisco Security has detected significant activity related to spam email messages that claim to contain financial advice for the recipient. The text in the email message attempts to convince the recipient to open the attachment and view the details. However, the .zip
attachment contains a malicious .exe
file that, when executed, attempts to infect the system with malicious code.
Email messages that are related to this threat (RuleID6714) may contain the following files:
file in the HSBC_advice.zip
attachment has a file size of 124,416 bytes. The MD5 checksum, which is a unique identifier of the executable, is the following string: 0xE1DBB4BE2A7AE2180100A02C5E3E2D95
The following text is a sample of the email message that is associated with this threat outbreak:
Please find attached your Advice containing information on your transactions of last working day with the bank.
Please do not reply to this e-mail address. If you have any queries, please contact our Customer Services.
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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