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‘Administration Server Team’ Malware Emails

by Brett M. Christensen

A series of malicious emails purporting to be from the Administration Server Team are currently invading inboxes.

The emails ask you to confirm your contact information by opening an attached .zip file. The emails have subject lines such as ‘Compulsory check of e-mail’, ‘Mandatory check of e-mail’, ‘Required check of e-mail’, and ‘Obligatory check of your contact details’. The organisation that the supposed Administration Server Team belongs to is not identified.

However, the emails are not from any legitimate Administration Server Team. Instead, they are a criminal ruse designed to trick you into installing malware on your computer. 
Opening the attached .zip file reveals a .exe file. Clicking this .exe file can install the malware on your computer. The exact purpose of the malware may vary. Typically, however, such malware can download and install further malware and steal personal information such as account login credentials from the infected computer.

Malware campaigns such as this can be very effective. The phrase ‘Administration Server Team’ sounds authoritative and technical enough to trick some less experienced computer users into opening the attached file and installing the malware. And using terms such as ‘compulsory’ and ‘mandatory’ can make such users believe that they must comply with the instructions in the email or risk losing access to their accounts.

If you receive one of these emails, just delete it. Do not open any attachments or click any links that it contains. Note that the malware emails use a variety of subject lines and attachment names.

Example

Good day!

This notification was automatically sent by our Administration Server Team.
Please confirm your contact info shown in the attached.



Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer