Malicious Spam Mails about Parking Fine Hit Internauts in UK; BitDefender
According to BitDefender the security company, spam mails are surging which talk about parking fines, while continuously contaminate PCs within United Kingdom with malware.
The junk electronic mails serving as 'reminder notice' pose as communication from the Justice Ministry of UK and these began entering UK mailboxes some two months back. On 15th May, 2014, the surge reached its peak when within just 2-hrs, every 5 e-mails had one fake parking fine missive.
In a warning to Brits, the bogus e-mails tell recipients that an extra charge would be put on them incase they don't make a fee payment of 70 pounds or 78 pounds. Further, their claim for credit at any later period may also get affected. The bogus electronic mails assert that there is photographic evidence in record that back the claim being made.
The spam mails tell the reader that his vehicle was seen stationed within the driveways of the writer's Client Private Property on 15.05.2014 while it continued to be there for two hours and twenty three minutes. Following this, a reminder, dated 10.04.14, was dispatched that let the recipient submit the entire parking fee within 28 days else ask for proof.
There's a downloader in the spam message, masked as a PDF file attached to it and which BitDefender identified as Trojan.GenericKD.1681628, while it pulls down the notorious Trojan ZeuS.
The security company found that the downloader linked up with one pharmaceutical website, which the cyber-crooks controlled. There was no clue if that website was one genuine site that the criminals had hijacked else a website particularly set up to achieve sinister objectives such as dissemination of malicious software.
Meanwhile, the ZeuS, once run, infects the system wholly. It then seizes sensitive data for financial fraud, receives remote directions for pulling down more malware which may enhance its anti-virus bypassing techniques or strengthen the stealing abilities.
However, for remaining safe from such malware-laced spam mails, BitDefender suggests avoiding clicking files attached to e-mails from dubious senders, similar as within the aforementioned instance. An indication of fraud is justice.gov.uk, the sender's id, within the current instance which should have really been email@example.com.
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