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Thursday, February 05, 2009

Ticket to Malware

In Grand Forks, North Dakota, some people found parking tickets on their cars. Your first thought wouldn't be that this was an attempt to infect your computer with a Trojan, but it was.

The yellow fliers claimed to be tickets and included a web site link that had photographs depicting the traffic infraction. To see the photos you had to first download and install PictureSearchToolbar.exe. Since this is from law enforcement, it must be OK, right? Well it is a Trojan, called Vundo by Symantec and McAfee and Monder by Kapsersky Labs. It then has a pop-up window to sell "AntiVirus360" which is a fake anti virus program.

The moral of the story here may be to follow the traditional path. Why would law enforcement assume you had an internet connection, and why didn't the "ticket" look like a traditional ticket with the traditional manner of paying it or contesting it? We have to be skeptical in all areas now. Your windshield may protect you from bugs, but it won't do the same for your computer.


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