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MALWARE - 'Green Winick' Notice to Appear in Court Email


Outline

Email purporting to be from Green Winick Attorneys at Law claims that you are required to appear in court and should click a link to view a copy of the court notice.

Green Winick Notice Malware
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Brief Analysis

The email is not from Green Winick or any legitimate legal entity.  The link in the email opens a webpage that harbours malware.  The email is similar to an earlier campaign that also claimed that recipients must appear in court and contained malware in an attached file.  If you receive one of these messages, do not click any links or open any attachments that it contains.

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Example

Subject: Notice to appear in court No#9843 

Green Winick Attorneys at Law 

Notice to Appear, 

To view copy of the court notice click here. Please, read it thoroughly. Note: If you do not attend the hearing the judge may hear the case in your absence.

2014 Green Winick, P.L.C. All Rights Reserved.

Green Winick Notice Malware


Detailed Analysis

'Notice to Appear in Court' Email Claims to be from Green Winick

Inboxes around the world are currently being hit by an email purporting to be from 'Green Winick Attorneys at Law'.  The email claims that you are required to appear in court and should therefore click a link to download the court notice and 'read it thoroughly'. 

The message warns that, if you fail to appear as requested, the judge may hear the case in your absence.

Email is not from Green Winick - Link Points to Malware

However, the email is not from Green Winick or any legitimate legal firm.

Instead, it is a criminal ruse designed to trick you into installing malware on your computer.

If you click the link in the email, you will be taken to a website that harbours a version of the notorious Asprox/Kulouz malware. Once downloaded and installed, the malware attempts to download further malware and allows criminals to maintain control of the infected computer and join it to a botnet.

Similar to Earlier 'Notice to Appear' Malware Campaign

This campaign is very similar to an earlier - and still ongoing - malware campaign that also falsely claimed that recipients were required to appear in court. The earlier versions were supposedly signed by the 'Clerk to the Court'. Alternative variants named other law firms as the supposed senders.  Earlier variants harboured the malware payload in attached files.

Courts or law firms are very unlikely to send unsolicited emails demanding that recipients appear in court.  If you receive one of these 'Notice to Appear' emails, do not click any links or open any attachments that it contains.




Green Winick Notice Malware

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Last updated: July 15, 2014
First published: July 15, 2014
By Brett M. Christensen
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References
ASProx Spammers Send Court Notices from Green Winick Lawyers
'Notice to Appear in Court' Malware Emails






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