Virus: Virus spread via e-mails about a uniform traffic ticket issued in New York.
Example:[Collected via e-mail, July 2011]
New York State - Department of Motor Vehicles
UNIFORM TRAFFIC TICKET
NEW YORK STATE POLICE
Local Police Code
THE PERSON DESCRIBED ABOVE IS CHARGED AS FOLLOWS
Date of Offense
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.