State Police Caution about Scam E-Mail
In New York State, police authorities have issued an alert that hoax e-mails are presently circulating online. Saratogian.com published this on July 6, 2011.
Say the officials that the Computer Crime Unit of NY Police is presently conducting an investigation into the spam mail distribution chiefly being disseminated via Yahoo accounts. The messages inform recipients that there's a Uniform Traffic Ticket for them from DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) of New York State that the NYS Police have issued.
Reportedly, a compressed .zip file is attached to the spam mails supposedly carrying the ticket that the recipient require filling out followed with dispatching it to court. Understandably, the compressed file carries an unfamiliar PC worm, which security researchers are analyzing.
Meanwhile, Police have been cautioning the public that the attachment is neither from State Police nor the DMV, therefore no one must view the e-mail alternatively pass it to others, not even his area police department.
And since the above kinds of spam mails are so malicious, the National Crime Prevention Council and State Police reiterate to PC operators some security suggestions for safeguarding themselves from cyber-crime. First they must run firewalls, anti-virus solutions as well as other safety solutions for safeguarding personal information as suppose one's PC becomes contaminated there's a possibility that it may get compromised too. Secondly, they must view e-mails only if their sources are known, for instance, in the above mentioned incident recipients must verify whether the spam mail is genuine i.e. if NYS Police is its true sender.
Thirdly, back-up should be maintained for crucial files in CDs in order that suppose an infection occurs on the system and data files get corrupted, then those damaged files can be restored from the CDs.
Conclusively, it's because of the above kinds of malevolent spam runs, which prompted PandaLabs the security company to highlight within its newly published report for the 2nd quarter 2011 that 42 fresh malware strains were designed per minute during Q2-2011. Indeed, malicious programs accounted for almost 70% of the entire number of fresh malicious programs developed, followed with PC-viruses (16%) and PC-worms (11.6%).
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