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Windows 7: 'Ransomware' tricks victims into paying hefty fines

26 Apr 2013   #1

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'Ransomware' tricks victims into paying hefty fines

Beware of this new scam...

Computer users around the globe are being hit by a new kind of virus that freezes their computer and accuses them of committing heinous crimes, like distributing child porn. The threats sound real enough that victims are coughing up $200 to pay a "fine," and virus writer gangs are netting millions, security firms say.

The message that flashes across infected computer screens sounds downright scary:

"You have been viewing or distributing child porn ... violating article 202 of the Criminal Code of the United States of America," says one version, allegedly sent by the FBI. A virus victim supplied the message to NBC news

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Victims shouldn't pay the fine, Harrison said, but they should know that various software tools — including free tools available at Symantec — can rid their machines of the virus.
Source: 'Ransomware' tricks victims into paying hefty fines - Red Tape

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