‘Hearing of Your Case in Court NR’ E-mails Contain Virus

January 29, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

An e-mail message with the title “Hearing of your case in Court NR” should be avoided as it contains malware.

“Notice to Appear,

Hereby you are notified that you have been scheduled to appear for your hearing that will take place in the court of Washington in January 9, 2014 at 10:00 am.

Please bring all documents and witnesses relating to this case with you to Court on your hearing date,” reads a an excerpt of it, and it claims it’s from a clerk.

However, the e-mail has malicious software attached to it, including trojan horse file Court_Notice_Jones_Day_Washington.exe. It is contained in a file called Court_Notice_Jones_Day_Wa#8127.zip and should not be downloaded or opened.

“Once your computer has become infected with this malicious Trojan horse, the cybercriminals behind this email message will be able to access and take control of your computer remotely from anywhere around the world. They may spy on you, use your computer to commit cybercrimes, or steal your personal and financial information,” says Online Threat Alerts.

If one has already opened up the attachment, it’s recommended to carry out a full scan with antivirus software.

The name of the attachment file might also be changed.