Warning: Spain warns of fraudulent DGT email
Warning: Spain warns against fraudulent emails from DGT. Image: Office of Internet Security (OSI)
Warning: Spain warns against fraudulent emails from DGT.
A fraudulent email campaign has been detected by the Spanish Internet Security Office.
Spanish car owners and residents beware, the Spanish Internet Security Office is warning of a DGT email scam that could download malware to your device.
The warning, issued on Wednesday April 13 by Spain’s Internet Security Office (OSI), said a fraudulent (phishing) email campaign had been detected.
The email, which claims to be from the Directorate General of Traffic (DGT), contains a link which, when clicked, downloads malware (a malicious file) to your device.
According to this office of the National Institute of Cybersecurity (Incibe), the identified emails contain the following subject to arouse the interest of the user, in particular:Blocking of vehicle – Unpaid fine ».
However, the OSI does not exclude other emails with different subject lines aimed at tricking the user into downloading a file under another pretext.
As noted by the Spanish OSI, the electronic message is characterized by:
- The sender is identified as the Ministry of the Interior.
- Contain images of official logos that attempt to lend more credibility to the mail.
- Providing a link that claims to belong to the DGT e-headquarters, but clicking on it redirects to a domain that downloads the malware.
- Use a domain in the sender’s email (the part following the @) that simulates membership in the official DGT domain.
A statement from the OSI specifies that if you click on the image that hides the fraudulent link (Electronic Headquarters Access), a .zip file containing malware will be automatically downloaded from the device’s web browser.
If you downloaded and executed the malicious file, here are some tips offered by the National Institute of Cybersecurity (Incibe).
If you downloaded and executed the malicious file, your device may have been infected. To protect your computer, you should scan it with an up-to-date antivirus scan or follow the steps in the disinfect device section. If you need assistance or assistance in eliminating malware, INCIBE offers you its security incident response and assistance service.
If you did not run the downloaded file, your device may not have been infected. All you have to do is delete the file which you will find in the downloads folder. You should also send the mail you received to the trash.
If in doubt about the legitimacy of the email, do not click on any links and contact the company or service that supposedly sent you the email, again through their official customer service channels. In this case, the DGT offers a “citizen service telephone number” – which is 060.
“Remember that, for greater security, it is advisable to periodically make backup copies of all information that you consider important so that, in the event that your computer is affected by a security incident, you do not You are also advised to keep your devices up to date and always protected with antivirus software,” said the statement concluded.
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