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Uniform Traffic Ticket

Virus:   Virus spread via e-mails about a uniform traffic ticket issued in New York.

REAL VIRUS

Example:   [Collected via e-mail, July 2011]

New York State - Department of Motor Vehicles
UNIFORM TRAFFIC TICKET
POLICE AGENCY
NEW YORK STATE POLICE
Local Police Code
THE PERSON DESCRIBED ABOVE IS CHARGED AS FOLLOWS


Time
7:25 AM
Date of Offense
07/02/2011
IN VIOLATION OF NYS V AND T LAW
Description of Violation
SPEED OVER 55 ZONE
TO PLEAD, PRINT OUT THE ENCLOSED TICKET AND SEND IT TO TOWN COURT, CHATAM HALL., PO BOX 117

 

Origins:   In early July 2011, an e-mail purporting to be from the New York State Police circulated widely. Often bearing a subject line "Uniform Traffic Ticket," it purported to detail a traffic summons issued to the recipient for "speed over 55 zone" in New York state on 2 July.

The e-mails were sent primarily to Yahoo accounts. Recipients were directed to open an attached zip file (often named "Ticket.zip") to retrieve a copy of a traffic ticket that needed to be filled out and sent to a town court.

The e-mail is a hoax, and the attachment bears a virus payload. On 5 July 2011, the New York State Police issued an alert about the e-mail, stating:
This e-mail is not from the State Police or the Department of Motor Vehicles. If you receive this e-mail, you should not open the email or attachment as it likely contains a virus. Please do not forward it to the New York State Police or your local police.
Last updated:   12 July 2011

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Sources:

    GolgowskI, Nina.   "NY Troopers Warn of E-mail Hoax Ticket and Computer Virus."
    CNN.   7 July 2011.

    Associated Press.   "NY Troopers: Beware Email Pretending to Be Ticket."
    Wall Street Journal.   7 July 2011.