Avira Techblog: Speed ticket from NY Police via email

No, it is actually a pretty interesting spam email which I received.

The emails pretend to come from New York State ”Department of Motor Vehicles” and informs the recipient that he/she violated the speed limit .

In order to see more details, a form hosted on a website should be accessed.

The interesting part in this email consist in the back-end of the scam.

The website behind the link  contains a piece of JavaScript code which is obfuscated in its ASCII form.

The deobfuscated code looks like in the next picture:

Basically, the browser will be redirected via an invisible IFRAME to a Russian website (which is now offline) and probably tries to download some malware.

All Avira products detect the obfuscated code as ’JS/iFrame.NV [virus]‘.

We advise our readers to never respond to such emails in any way. Speeding tickets come exclusively via regular post and never by email.

Sorin Mustaca

Data Security Expert

via Avira – TechBlog http://techblog.avira.com/2012/08/23/speed-ticket-from-ny-police-via-email/en/

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Sorin Mustaca
Sorin Mustaca, (ISC)2 CSSLP, CompTIA Security+ and Project+, is working since year 2000 in the IT Security industry and worked between 2003-2014 for Avira as Product Manager for the known products used by over 100 million users world-wide. Today he is an independent IT Security Consultant focusing on Cybersecurity, secure software development and security for IoT and Automotive. He is also running his personal blog Sorin Mustaca on Cybersecurity and is the author of the free eBook Improve your security .

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