Fake Parking Tickets link to Malicious Download Site


Since email links aren’t working very well any longer, they’ve moved off-line to get you to download viruses/trojans.

In a scary online-offline Internet scam, hybrid cars in North Dakota have been tagged with fake parking citations that include a Web address hosting malicious software that drops a Trojan onto the computer.

The yellow tickets found on the cars in Grand Forks, North Dakota, read “PARKING VIOLATION This vehicle is in violation of standard parking regulations. To view pictures with information about your parking preferences, go to” and gave a Web site, according to a blog posting on the SANS Internet Storm Center site.

The site referenced shows photos of cars in parking lots in that town and prompts the visitor to download a toolbar to see purported photos of the ticketed car. Downloading the executable installs a Trojan and displays a fake security alert when the system is rebooted. The fake alert prompts the computer user to install a fake anti-virus scanner, SANS said.

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2 Responses

  1. Bill, there is so much of this devious activity . . . what do the perpetrators get out of this, other than the thrill of knowing they can cause a lot of grief for people?

  2. A lot of money….It’s the lists that are acquired from the trojans that get sold to the highest bidder. The person who writes the malware sells it to the person who spreads the malware and collects the data from the pcs that run the malware and then those lists get sold to the people who use the data on the lists to steal from the people on the list. It’s BIG money.

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