Beware Fake Parking Tickets that Cause You to Download Trojan Malware

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A devious new method of getting unsuspecting users to download Trojan malware to their computers takes the form of a fake parking ticket placed on their car’s windshield. The ticket, reading “PARKING VIOLATION This vehicle is in violation of standard parking regulations,” contains a web address to download a “toolbar” to view images of the car that is the subject of the “ticket”.

Of course, the ‘toolbar’ isn’t really a toolbar at all – it’s the Trojan.

“The initial program installed itself as a browser helper object (BHO) for Internet Explorer that downloaded a component from and attempted to trick the victim into installing a fake anti-virus scanner from bestantispyware and protectionsoft,” explains Internet security analyst Lenny Zeltser.

“Attackers continue to come up with creative ways of tricking potential victims into installing malicious software…. Merging physical and virtual worlds via objects that point to websites is one way to do this. I imagine we’ll be seeing such approaches more often,” added Zeltser.

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