Fake E-mails Notifying for Urgent Eviction Target Internet-Users
According to a warning by security researchers, fake e-mails notifying of urgent eviction are circulating while attempting at so tricking Internauts that they would unknowingly download malware, published softpedia.com dated January 30, 2014.
Apparently multiple versions of the mentioned electronic mail exist one of which is titled "Notice to quit" that tells the recipient that he requires leaving the premises where he is residing till the permitted date of 21st March 2014. And in case he extends his stay over a longer time-span, then he'll get a court order, towards forceful abandonment of the particular premise, set for 5th April, 2014.
The e-mail continues that in case court officials fail to get the user in his house when they reach as scheduled then the court won't be accountable for his properties' safeguard. Moreover, by not complying with the court's order, he will be responsible for paying a fine equivalent of a hundred minimum wage sum, the message ends.
There is one zip attachment in the e-mail labeled Details_For_Arrears_Document_29-01-2014_Copy_N5146.zip while there is one malicious executable inside the attached file named as Details_For_Arrears_Document_29-01-2014.exe that appears as a Word file.
Indeed, as many as 17 antivirus engines of VirusTotal's total 49 were able to detect the malware, state the researchers.
It seems that the malware is one fake anti-virus or Andromeda a backdoor for downloading Trojan. It tries to cripple computer operation as well as restrict the CPU's functioning. It even furtively grabs the user's confidential information at the time he browses any website inside his Web-browser.
According to security blogger Longmore, the gang executing the current e-mail scam is same as one responsible for the court notification bulk e-mail attack. Within that latter attack, readers were told for being present in court at one particular date. Those e-mails too had a malicious attachment, with four or more versions of the message.
Security experts therefore advise that anyone getting victimized with the current assault should make his anti-virus up to date as well as run a computer scan and possibly repeat the act till his security software is able to identify the malware.
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