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Friday 12 February 2016

Malware spam: "DVSA RECEIPT" / FPO.CC.15@vosa.gsi.gov.uk

This spam email does not come from a UK government agency, but is instead a simple forgery with a malcious attachment. Note that the sender's email address seems to vary slightly, but all are spoofed to come from vosa.gsi.gov.uk.

From     FPO.CC.15@vosa.gsi.gov.uk
Date     Fri, 12 Feb 2016 12:47:20 +0300
Subject     DVSA RECEIPT

Good afternoon

Please find attached your receipt, sent as requested.

Kind regards

(See attached file)

Fixed Penalty Office
Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency | The Ellipse, Padley Road, Swansea,
Phone: 0300 123 9000

Find out more about government services at www.gov.uk/dvsa

This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and
intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are
addressed.  Any views or opinions presented may be those of the
originator and do not necessarily represent those of DVSA.

If you were not the intended recipient, you have received this email and
any attached files in error; in which case any storage, use,
dissemination, forwarding, printing, or copying of this email or its
attachments is strictly prohibited.  If you have received this
communication in error please destroy all copies and notify the sender
[and postmaster@dvsa.gsi.gov.uk ] by return email.

DVSA's computer systems may be monitored and communications carried on
them recorded, to secure the effective operation of the system and for
other lawful purposes.

Nothing in this email amounts to a contractual or other legal commitment
on the part of DVSA unless confirmed by a communication signed on behalf
of the Secretary of State.

It should be noted that although DVSA makes every effort to ensure that
all emails and attachments sent by it are checked for known viruses
before transmission, it does not warrant that they are free from viruses
or other defects and accepts no liability for any losses resulting from
infected email transmission.

Visit www.gov.uk/dvsa  for information about the Driver Vehicle and Standards Agency.

The original of this email was scanned for viruses by the Government Secure Intranet
virus scanning service supplied by Vodafone in partnership with Symantec. (CCTM Certificate
Number 2009/09/0052.) This email has been certified virus free.
Communications via the GSi may be automatically logged, monitored and/or recorded
for legal purposes.
Attached is a file Fixed Penalty Receipt.docm which comes in at least ten different variants with the following MD5s:


I captured two samples with detection rate of about 3/54 [1] [2] and the Malwr reports for those [3] [4] indicate the macro in the document downloads a malicious executable from:

steinleitner-online.net/09u8h76f/65fg67n [reported here]

This dropped file has a detection rate of 5/54 (MD5 7bf7df5e630242182fa95adff4963921). This Hybrid Analysis report indicates subsequent traffic to: (Universidad Tecnologica de la Mixteca, Mexico) (ZNET Telekom Zrt, Hungary) (ispOne business GmbH, Germany)

The payload is the Dridex banking trojan.

Recommended blocklist:


Unknown said...

Thanks for this, i actually got this email today.

Charlie said...

Thank you very much for the information. I received it last night. And, I have received various kinds of spam emails recently, but was always helped.

Unknown said...

I clicked on the email my android phone and downloaded the attachment- tried to open it, nothing apeard - will anything happen?

Ildanach said...

I received a similar email a few days ago, luckily filtered by spam detectors within our University network. It looked rather legit given the domain ".gov.uk". But, I wondered about its authenticity since my name was not the addressee, and suspecting a malware/virus searched for the email address (mine came from this address: FPO.CC.83@vosa.gsi.gov.uk) just to make sure, and got info here. Thanks for the heads up, and let's hope people don't get caught with this malware stuff by naively opening the attachment.