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NY State Police Warns the Public About One Fresh Phishing E-Mail

The Computer Crime Division of the New York State Police (NYSP) has raised an alert regarding one fresh spurious e-mail, which poses as a message from the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) of the NY State. Riverreporteronline.com published this, August 17th 2011.

Also as expected, the header of the fake electronic mail is "Uniform Traffic Ticket" while the message tells the reader that he has been caught speeding beyond limits on July 5, 2011 at 7:25AM.

Eventually the e-mail instructs the recipient to take a print out of the given file ticket within an attachment as well as dispatching it to court.

Telling more about the above phishing scam, Senior Technology Consultant Graham Cluley at Sophos warned that users must immediately halt at the message's end as the file in the attachment named Ticket-064-211.zip carried one harmful Trojan that was created for taking down more malware onto the user's PC thereby infringing upon its security. Nakedsecurity.sophos.com published this on August 17, 2011.

Additionally Cluley stated that albeit the e-mail asserted that it was sent from an e-mail id ending with @nyc.gov, the information in it had been spoofed as also the whole assault created for so cheating unwary end-users that they'd willingly view the attachment.

Moreover, Cluley noted that the anti-virus tools of Sophos identified the Trojan as Mal/ChepVil-A, while they found the condensed .zip file to be Troj/Invo-Zip.

In the meantime, the National Crime Prevention Council and the NYSP declining to be involved in the scam, reiterate to PC-operators for following certain suggestions for safeguarding themselves from online-crimes. These are installing firewalls, anti-virus programs along with deploying other security actions for safeguarding personal details. Also, they should merely view those e-mails that are sent from known entities, while browse merely the trusted websites. Lastly, they should maintain a back-up of all vital files as also remain cautious while downloading files online.

Eventually, it's again after July 2011 that there's a report of the above e-mail scam. During July 2011, security company CA reported an unsolicited e-mail supposedly from the NYSP that displayed the header, "Uniform Traffic Ticket #7046," while carrying malicious software.

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