February 9th, 2009, 12:41 PM
Parking Ticket Scam
Scammers have been using fake parking tickets to get people to visit malicious websites.
That's a new one on me, although the malicious website and trojan bit is old hat.
Cybercriminals took their malware to the streets in Grand Forks, N.D., where some motorists recently found parking violation notices on their windshields instructing them to visit a URL to view photos of their purported infraction. The phony parking tickets contained a malicious URL that requires them to download a toolbar, which is actually a Trojan.
The "toolbar" shows photos of parked cars in the area; the user is prompted with a pop-up with a fake security alert, attempting to lure the victim into installing phony antivirus software to clean up their machine.
February 9th, 2009, 12:47 PM
There just resorting to new type's of attacks.
Hackers Use Real World To Lure Victims
Posted on: Friday, 6 February 2009, 07:25 CST
Hackers have begun to use fake parking tickets as a way to lure users onto fraudulent websites.
The fake tickets, found on vehicles in Grand Forks, North Dakota, directed users to a website alleging to have photos of the parking violation. Once on the website, users were tricked into downloading a virus.
According to anti-virus firm McAfee, the Vundo Trojan tricks users into installing fake anti-virus software.
The fake violation tickets were printed on yellow paper and contained the message: "PARKING VIOLATION This vehicle is in violation of standard parking regulations.”
The ticket also directed drivers to a website were they could "view pictures with information about your parking preferences.”
According to the SANS Institute, an internet security watchdog, the website instructed users to download an application to view the photos of their violation.
A will bet more then enough people will get infected by this.
February 9th, 2009, 01:16 PM
Yes, I think that the actual software is probably quite well known, it is just the social engineering angle that changes.
Another one I see taking off will be various governments offering tax or other incentives to small businesses and the self-employed.
People need to be very careful about anything to do with the economic downturn, credit crunch, or recession, particularly if it seems to have government origins.
1. If it looks too good to be true it is.
2. If you don't have to jump through seven burning hoops and sign in triplicate in your own blood it isn't government, or its money you owe them.
3. Governments only contact you when they want money ........ everything else you have to claim for (see #2 above).
4. How did they know how to contact you?............. ah the same way as that Nigerian gentleman with the $20,000,000.
5. If in doubt, contact the local office and speak to a subhuman.
Last edited by nihil; February 9th, 2009 at 01:28 PM.
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