Saturday, January 10, 2009

New WV State Police site infested with malware

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported this morning that the WV State Police is in the process of launching a new site to report crime.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- It won't replace calls to 911, but the West Virginia State Police soon will launch a Web site that it hopes will make reporting crimes easier.

The Web site,, will allow the members of the public to submit an anonymous tip or a full-blown crime report, said State Police Sgt. Christopher Casto.

The site will be ready "in the next few weeks," he said. "It's in the finals stages of testing and setting up."

The site will cut down on phone calls to the State Police and will allow people to make complaints without talking directly to a trooper, Casto said.

"We're hoping that people will be more comfortable reporting crimes if they can do it anonymously through their computer," he said.

Readers report when they visit the site that get a message, "Your computer might be infected and to click OK to install Antivirus2009." Hackers have inserted javascript that links to the site that holds the actual malware.

Antivirus2009 is a very bad piece of malware that affects computers running Windows.

I was able to load the site in OS X and Linux earlier this afternoon, but now Google is on the case. When I visit the site now I get a Google Safe Browsing warring that the site is infected with malware.

Back in September the WV State Bar site was blacklisted for containing malware.

Update: The malicious java script redirected to a blank page for about a day. It's now redirecting to the malware again. Thanks to my buddy, and former law firm IT director, Paul McNeely who has kept his eye on this and has provided updates.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

hahahahahaha! They will find that their anonymous tip site is not going to be such a great idea I fear... What if people flood it with reports of corrupt state police officers?

5:46 PM  

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