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Posted on: March 18, 2021

SCAMMERS USING TRAFFIC TICKET THREAT TO HOOK YOUR PC

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Because scheming scammers never rest, neither do we.
The FBI, Department of Homeland Security, and other federal agencies have alerted us to a novel phishing scam involving traffic ticket records designed to lure victims into clicking and downloading extremely dangerous malware called Trickbot.
A new spear-phishing campaign is attempting to infect PCs with Trickbot, one of the most prevalent and potent forms of malware around today, a joint advisory from the FBI and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CIA) has warned.
Trickbot started life as a banking trojan but has become one of the most powerful tools available to cyber criminals, who are able to lease out access to infected machines in order to deliver their own malware – including ransomware.
Now its authors are using a new tactic to attempt to deliver it to victims, warns the joint FBI and CISA alert – phishing emails which claim to contain proof of a traffic violation. The hope is that people are scared into opening the email to find out more.
The malicious email contains a link which sends users to a website hosted on a server compromised by the attackers which tells the victim to click on a photo to see proof. They click the photo, they actually download a JavaScript file which, when opened, connects to a command and control server which will download Trickbot onto their system.
Trickbot creates a backdoor onto Windows machines, allowing the attackers to steal sensitive information including login credentials, while some versions of Trickbot are capable of spreading itself across entire networks.
The Office of Pasco County Clerk & Comptroller will not contact you by email or telephone regarding traffic tickets. If you receive any such notice, DELETE IT IMMEDIATELY, and do not click on any links!

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