Negligent Driving Notice Malware Email
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“Negligent Driving” Infringement Notice Malware Email

by Brett M. Christensen

“Infringement Notice” email claims that you have received a fine for negligent driving and should click a link to view photo proof of the incident.

Brief Analysis:
The email is not a genuine infringement notice. Clicking the link downloads a malicious JavaScript file that can install malware on your computer. Details in different versions of the emails may vary. If you receive one of these fake infringement notice emails, do not click any links or open any attachments that it contains.

Subject: FW notice 753521385 – 966

You have been issued with a rule infringement:Cause: negligent drivingInfringement No: 878390024Date of violation: 19/11/2016

Amount due: 116.00 AUD

This fee will be forwarded by mail to your address. However you can check it now, please click here

Camera Photo Proof.

Negligent Driving Notice Malware Email

Detailed Analysis:
According to this email, which is supposedly an official traffic infringement notice, you have received a fine for negligent driving. The email includes the date that the supposed infringement occurred as well as the  amount due for the fine and other details.  It explains that you can click a link to see “photo proof” of the infringement.

However, the email is not a legitimate traffic infringement notice and the link does not open a photo of the supposed incident. In fact, the email is a criminal ruse designed to trick you into installing malware on your computer.

If you click the link, a JavaScript (.js) file will be automatically downloaded.  If you open this .js file, a malicious JavaScript will then download and install malware on your computer. The exact nature of this malware payload may vary.  It may be ransomware that is designed to encrypt the files on your computer and then demand that you pay  a fee to online criminals to receive the decryption key. Or the malware may be designed to steal sensitive information such as banking passwords from the infected computer.

Details, such as the amount of the supposed fine, the infringement date, and the name of the staff member who supposedly sent the notice may vary in different incarnations of the emails. And, over the last several years, criminals have repeatedly used fake traffic infringement notice emails to trick people into installing malware.

If you receive this email or any message similar to it, do not click any links or open any attachments that it contains.

Last updated: November 30, 2016
First published: November 30, 2016
By Brett M. Christensen
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