Trojans infect China's ticketing software

2013-01-30 02:21:20 GMT2013-01-30 10:21:20(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

With the approaching of the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival in China, a long travel holiday and for many the only chance in the year to return home, train tickets are a hot commodity. So too are the opportunities for online theft in the form of a Trojan virus that can repeatedly charge victims for the same e-ticket, reports the Hangzhou-based Qianjiang Evening Post.

A woman named Xiao Qiao is one who accidentally downloaded the virus, which comes buried with downloads of other software, and found herself charged 1,730 yuan (US$280) for a train ticket worth 152 yuan (US$24) on the internet. She bought the ticket through the Ministry of Railways official booking system but still got her money stolen. "I checked everything, the train, the fare... I checked over and over again, afraid of making any mistake," she said.

Xiao Qiao said that her payment concluded with two different pages telling her simultaneously that she had both failed and successfully paid her fare. She then received a text message from a bank notifying her that 1,728 yuan had been deducted from her account and transferred to a bank in Shenzhen.

She reported the case to the police, who confirmed that it was the result of a Trojan virus that had found its way onto her computer. They advised her to check the name of the receiving account before making a payment.

(Agencies)

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