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Speed-camera hack could rip off drivers

Speed-camera hack could rip off drivers
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I think everyone - yes, even me - has been guilty at one time or another of going a little over the speed limit. It can be on accident or on purpose, but eventually you'll get caught.

One of the most common ways people get slapped with speeding tickets is through the use of speed cameras. These cameras are placed on high-traffic roads and at intersections to catch the ones goosing the gas.

And if you've gotten a letter or email saying that you've been caught by speed cameras, you need to take a closer look. There's a nasty new combination of speed cameras, phishing emails and ransomware that's out to get your computer data and hard-earned money.

Speed cameras, also called GATSOs, in Australia have been linked to this new outbreak, Sophos security experts say. Victims receive an email that says they have been caught by a GATSO and they must pay their fines within a month, or there will be a penalty fee.

Victims continue to the webpage and must enter a CAPTCHA to download their speeding ticket details. After all, what if someone else was driving your car? And that's where the ransomware strikes.

The download is ransomware that is calling itself CryptoLocker, but it's only a copycat and not the real thing. Regardless, it will scramble the computer data and hold it hostage. The software will overwhelm the victim's computer and demand a ransom of $500-$1,000.

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