New Scam: Ransomware

The FBI reports that there have been an increase in Ransomware scams.  This scam occurs when a fake message appears stating that the user's internet address was identified by the FBI or the Department of Justice's Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section as having been associated with illegal online activity.  The user is instructed to unlock their machines by using a prepaid money card service.  Hackers use the Reveton virus in conjunction with the Citadel malware to freeze the user's computer.

The FBI reports that it is getting "dozens of complaints every day."  They suggest the following:

  • Do not pay any money or provide any personal information.
  • Contact a computer professional to remove Reveton and Citadel from your computer.
  • Be aware that even if you are able to unfreeze your computer on your own, the malware may still operate in the background. Certain types of malware have been known to capture personal information such as user names, passwords, and credit card numbers through embedded keystroke logging programs.
  • File a complaint and look for updates about the Reveton virus on the IC3 website.

You can read more about this by visiting:  http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2012/august/new-internet-scam