A New Internet Attack: Parking Tickets

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A New Internet Attack: Parking Tickets

Erik Larkin

Trojan-pushing parking tickets? Yes, really. The Internet Storm Center, which tracks Internet attacks and threats, documented a case in Grand Forks, North Dakota where someone put yellow fliers on cars that claimed to ticket a parking violation. The fliers named a Web site that purportedly had pictures of your supposed violation.

To see the pictures, according to additional commentary from the McAfee Avert Labs, the site instructs you to download a toolbar named PictureSearchToolbar.exe. Do so, and you end up with a Trojan. That Trojan, called Vundo by Symantec and McAfee and Monder by Kapsersky (according to a Threat Expert report linked by the ISC), displays false infection warning pop-ups that market a fake antivirus product called "Antivirus 360."

I knew that pushing rogue antivirus was becoming a more popular tactic for crooks, who get a cut of the purchase price via shady affiliate marketing deals, but I had no idea the potential profits could justify the time and expense of physically distributing fake parking tickets. Then again, maybe it doesn't: Many Internet crooks aren't exactly known for their excessive brain power.

Story: PC World - http://tinyurl.com/bdyb9n

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