Don’t be too quick to believe that the New York State police are charging you with a traffic offence – that email you just opened in your inbox could actually be an attempt to infect your computer.
The team at SophosLabs have been intercepting a malicious spam campaign today which tries to trick the recipient into believing that they were caught speeding.
Here’s what a typical email used in the attack looks like:
Subject: NYC Traffic Ticket [id number]
New York State * Department of Motor Vehicles
UNIFORM TRAFFIC TICKET
NEW YORK STATE POLICE * POLICE AGENCY
Local Police Code
THE PERSON DESCRIBED ABOVE IS CHARGED AS FOLLOWS
Time: 7:18 AM
Date of Offense: 09/12/2011
IN VIOLATION OF
NYS V AND T LAW DESCRIPTION OF VIOLATION:
SPEED OVER 55 ZONE
TO PLEAD, PRINT CLICK HERE AND FILL OUT THE…
Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.