Fake RIAA E-mails Circulating Online, Caution Security Pundits
Spam mails posing as messages from RIAA, presently circulating online, are wreaking havoc amongst unwitting Internet-users, published hoax-slayer.com during February 2012.
Displaying one catchy header: "Notification of Copyright Violation" the fake electronic mail, addressing the recipient, tells him that RIAA has found his IP address distributing copyrighted material. Therefore, he's requested to go through a given attachment regarding the details about illegitimate Internet-traffic and also answer the e-mail in 14 days failing which he'll be accused of copyright violation and put under usual legal procedures, the message warns.
However, security pundits who examined the e-mail confirm that it isn't from RIAA instead it's another scam. Its sender deceptively attempts at getting the recipient to take down the attachment that has one PC-Trojan, which automatically makes a telephone call to Russia apparently in fear that the recipient may get sued. Moreover, the pundits have hitherto detected two trojans -Troj/Bredo-QI and Troj/Agent-URP respectively. Paradoxically, they're awed at the level of advancement the spammers have displayed within the spam campaign.
Secondly, the e-mail is further flawed in that when a recipient does anything unlawful, it's his ISP, which would contact him to notify that certain party had filed a case against him and so the ISP was supplying the party his records towards abiding by the law. But, this isn't the case with the e-mail in discussion.
In particular, it's explained that actually there won't be any contact made with the erring user via e-mail regarding his arrest incase of failure to abide by the demands like those stated within the scam e-mail. A most likely way of notifying the user will be via authorized postal correspondence.
Hence, the main thing is to simply erase these kinds of spam mails followed with running a complete security-scan of the computer.
And likewise the above case, during 2011, one e-mail-borne virus supposedly from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) asserted that there'd been attempts at logging in the IP address of the recipient on unlawful Internet sites. Still earlier, during 2005, the 'Sober' worm was spread through bogus FBI e-mails, which too charged recipients with logging into unlawful websites.
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