April 12th, 2010
Copyright violation alert ransomware in the wild
Posted by Dancho Danchev @ 7:02 am
A currently ongoing ransomware
campaign is using a novel approach to extort money from end users whose PCs have been locked down
By pretending to be the fake ICPP Foundation (icpp-online.com
), the ransomware locks down the user’s desktop issuing a “Copyright violation: copyrighted content detected
” message, which lists torrent files found on the infected PC, and forces the user to pay $400 for the copyright holder’s fine, emphasizing on the fact that “the maximum penalties can be five years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines.
More details on the campaign:
Upon execution the ransomware will change the Desktop’s wallpaper to the “Warning! Piracy detected!” background.