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MALWARE - 'Justice.gov.uk Parking Fine Reminder Notice'


Outline

'Reminder notice' email purporting to be from the UK's Ministry of Justice claims that the recipient owes money for a parking fine and should open an attached document for more information.

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Brief Analysis

The email is not from the Ministry of Justice. The attached file contains malware that can infect the user's computer. If you receive one of these emails, do not click any links or open any attachments that it contains.

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Example

REMINDER NOTICE DO NOT IGNORE

To: [Address removed]

Case: C2718034

Please print attached form and fax it to +44 020 5259 4151

Your vehicle was recorded parked on our Clients Private Property driveways on the 15.05.2014 and remained on site for 2 hour 29 min. A notice was sent to you on 10.04.2014 which gave 28 days to pay full PARKING CHARGE or challenge the issue.

The amount of £78.00 is now due if payment not received within 28 days, an additional 40.00 administration charge will be incurred. Failure to pay the full outstanding balance within 14 days of the date of this notice could result in the outstanding balance being registered as a debt against you.

You will also become liable for additional costs and interest invoiced.

Your ability to obtain credit in the future could be affected.

Check attached document for more information. We are holding photographic evidence on file to support this claim.

The Ministry of Justice gathers information relating to site usage. Any information gathered is primarily for internal use to allow us to refine and improve our customer service.

© 2014 Crown copyright.

Malwate Parking Fine Reminder Notice


Detailed Analysis

According to this email, which claims to be from the UK's Ministry of Justice, you owe money for a parking fine and should open an attached file for further details. The email appears to originate from 'justice.gov.uk' and includes seemingly official logos.

However, the email is not from the Ministry of Justice and the attachment does not contain information about a parking fine. Instead, the attachment contains malware.

Threatening Tone:

The email claims that a notification about the supposed offence was sent previously but did not receive a response. It threatens that extra charges will be applied if you do not pay within 28 days. It further warns that failing to pay the fine before the deadline will result in a debt against your name and could affect your ability to obtain credit. It also claims that the Ministry is 'holding photographic evidence on file to support this claim'.

Hidden Malware in Attachment:

The bogus emails are designed to panic recipients into opening the attachment without due care. If you opened the attached .zip file, you would find that it harboured a .exe file inside. This .exe file can install the malware on your computer. Typically, such malware can harvest personal information from the infected computer and send it to criminals. It may also download further malware and allow criminals to access the infected computer remotely.

Details in Malware Emails Vary:

These emails have been hitting inboxes since March 2014. Details, such as the amount of the supposed fine and the dates of the parking infringements may vary in different versions.

What to do:

If you receive one of these emails, do not open any attachments or click any links that it contains. To help combat the attack, you can report the email to the UK's Action Fraud website.



Last updated: May 19, 2014
First published: May 19, 2014
Written by Brett M. Christensen
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References
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