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Issue 143 - November 2012 (2nd Edition) - Page 12

USPS Malware Emails

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Outline
Email purporting to be from the United States Postal Service (USPS) claims that a parcel could not be delivered due to an address error and instructs recipients to click a link to print out a shipping label.



Brief Analysis
The emails is not from USPS. The claim that USPS failed to deliver a parcel to the recipient due to an incorrect address is untrue. Clicking on the "shipping label" link in the email will download a malicious file to the user's computer.

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Last updated: November 5, 2012
First published: November 5, 2012
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer


Example
Subject: USPS delivery problem # Error ID60347


USPS Malware email


Text of malware email:

Unfortunately, we failed to deliver the postal package you have sent on (date varies) in time, because the recipient's address is erroneous.

Print a Shipping Label

If the parcel isn't received within 30 working days our company will have the right to claim compensation from you for each day of keeping.



Detailed Analysis
This email, which purports to be from the United States Postal Service (USPS), claims that a package sent by the recipient was not delivered because the postal address was incorrect. The message instructs the recipient to click a button to print of a shipping label and then take the label to the nearest USPS office so that the error can be rectified.

However, the message is not from USPS. The claim that a package delivery has failed is untrue. The message is an attempt by online criminals to trick users into downloading and installing an information stealing trojan. The link in the scam email points to a compromised website that will automatically download the malicious payload to the victim's computer. If the victim then proceeds to run the downloaded .exe file, a trojan will be installed. Typically, once installed, these trojans can steal sensitive personal information from the infected computer, make connections with remote servers operated by online criminals and download further malware components.

To increase the illusion of legitimacy, the email comes complete with a USPS logo and supposed delivery bar code and shipping numbers. The entire malware message is delivered as a clickable image file which means that clicking anywhere in the email will taken the user to the malware website.

The "parcel delivery" tactic has been used repeatedly by malware scammers. USPS has been targeted in very similar attacks over recent years as have UPS, FedEx, DHL, Royal Mail and other postal and delivery organizations around the world.

Beware of any unsolicited email that claims that you must click a link or open an attachment to print a shipping label, correct a parcel addressing error or find out more information about a supposed parcel delivery.

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References

Not Able to Deliver UPS Package Malware Email
FedEx Incorrect Delivery Address Malware Email
DHL Notification Malware Email
Royal Mail "Group Shipment Advisory" Malware Emails


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