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New Internet Scam

There is a new “drive-by” virus on the Internet, and it often carries a fake message—and fine—purportedly from the FBI.

New Internet Scam


There is a new “drive-by” virus on the Internet, and it often carries a fake message—and fine—purportedly from the FBI.

Known as Reveton ransomware, it’s described as drive-by malware because unlike many viruses—which activate when users open a file or attachment—this one can install itself when users simply click on a compromised website. Once infected, the victim’s computer immediately locks, and the monitor displays a screen stating there has been a violation of federal law.

The bogus message goes on to say 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 child pornography sites or other illegal online activity. To unlock their machines, users are required to pay a fine using a prepaid money card service.

Learn more, including what to do if your computer has been infected

Aug 09, 2012 11:00 AM