Cisco Security has detected significant activity related to spam email messages that claim to contain land registration fee collection notification for the recipient. The text in the email message attempts to convince the recipient to open the attachment and view the details. However, the 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 (RuleID6874) may contain the following files:
The land_registry_report_200813.exe file in the land_registry_report_200813.zip attachment has a file size of 120,320 bytes. The MD5 checksum, which is a unique identifier of the executable, is the following string: 0x0B37CFD8C4C96A09D75F0DC019C9308D
The following text is a sample of the email message that is associated with this threat outbreak:
Subject: Notification of direct debit of fees
This is notification that Land Registry will debit 206.00 GBP from your nominated account on or as soon as possible before 21/08/2013.
Details of fees that we shall be collecting by direct debit for the applications charged are now available to view.
You can access these by opening attached report.
If you have an enquiry relating to your VDD account please contact Customer Support at email@example.com or call on 0844 892 1111. For all enquiries, please quote your key number.
Land Registry is the definitive source of information for more than 23 million property titles in England and Wales. Since 1862 we have provided security and confidence in one of the most active property and mortgage markets in the world. We are working to support economic growth and data transparency as part of the Public Data Group. Find out more at www.landregistry.gov.uk
If you have received this e-mail and it was not intended for you, please let us know, and then delete it. Please treat our communications in confidence, as you would expect us to treat yours. Land Registry checks all mail and attachments for known viruses, however, you are advised that you open any attachments at your own risk.
The original of this email was scanned for viruses by the Government Secure Intranet virus scanning service supplied by Vodafone in partnership with Symantec. (CCTM Certificate Number 2009/09/0052.) On leaving the GSi this email was certified virus free.
Communications via the GSi may be automatically logged, monitored and/or recorded for legal purposes.
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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