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MALWARE - 'K&L Gates Debt Recovery Notification'


Outline

Debt recovery notification email purporting to be from K&L Gates claims that you have unpaid utility bills and must pay within three days or face court and possible eviction.

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Brief Analysis

The email is not from K&L Gates and it is not a genuine debt recovery notification. The 'further details' link in the email opens a compromised website that harbours malware. If you receive one of these emails, do not click any links or open any attachments that it contains.

Example

Subject: K&L Gates Debt recovery notification
Hereby you are notified that you have unpaid utility bills and your debt amounts to $45 for August 21, 2014.
If you do not fulfill your debt-service obligations within three days in accordance with the applicable legislation, we will have to file actions with the court and apply enforcement options - in this case you can be evicted from the occupied territory (property rights termination).

We are asking you to pay the arrears as soon as possible! See further details here.

Detailed Analysis

'K&L Gates' Debt Recovery Notification Threatens Eviction

This 'Debt Recovery Notification' email, which purports to be from law firm K&L Gates, claims that you have unpaid utility bills. The email warns that, if you do not fulfil your debt-service obligations within three days, court action will be taken.

The message further warns that if 'enforcement options' are applied, you may be 'evicted from the occupied territory'.

The message urges you to click a link to read further details about the supposed debt.

Email is Not From K&L Gates - Link Points to Malware

However, the email is not from K&L Gates and has no connection to the firm whatsoever. Nor is it a genuine debt recovery notification.

In fact, the link in the email opens a website that contains malware. Once downloaded and installed, such malware may harvest sensitive information from the infected computer and send it to online criminals. It may also download and install other malware components and allow the criminals to take control of the compromised computer.

Details such as the supposed bill amount and payment date may vary in different versions of the malware emails.

Similar to Earlier Court and Eviction Notice Malware Emails

This campaign is similar to earlier malware attacks that threaten eviction or claim that users must appear in court. These emails either link to a website containing malware or hide the malware in an attached file.

Be wary of unsolicited emails claiming to be from a law firm that threaten court action or eviction. Law companies and courts are very unlikely to send official notifications via unsolicited emails. And, official messages would always address you by name and include sender contact information.

If you receive one of these emails, do not click any links or open any attachments that it contains.




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Last updated: August 27, 2014
First published: August 27, 2014
By Brett M. Christensen
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References
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