Windshield handbills as computer virus vector

Paul Raven @ 05-02-2009

windscreen flyerThey may be vampiric bastards, but you’ve got to give malware builders their due – they’re cunning and inventive. They’ve found a new way to get people to sign in to a website that will infect their computer with a virus: stick a handbill on their car with a URL on it.

Several days ago, yellow fliers were placed on the cards in Grand Forks, ND. They stated:

PARKING VIOLATION This vehicle is in violation of standard parking regulations. To view pictures with information about your parking preferences, go to [website-redacted]

Now that’s some crafty social engineering right there; find an approach that people have no historical reason to mistrust, and exploit a common fear. Bam – brand new bot-net. I suppose it’s too much to hope that this indicates normal email spam is becoming less effective…

Now, think of all the vectors for this sort of attack that become available once we’re all wandering through a world of ubicomp around draped in Personal Area Networks. [story via SlashDot; image by dewet]

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2 Responses to “Windshield handbills as computer virus vector”

  1. m1k3y says:


    i guess QRCodes as a vector won’t be far off either then

  2. Nancy Jane Moore says:

    So glad I always throw windshield fliers away. I always assume such fliers are scams of one sort or another, but as usual the scammers are way more creative than I ever give them credit for.