Fbi Issues Warning To Public of New and Highly Dangerous Malware Virus
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Posted: Thursday, August 09, 2012
by Joel Hendon
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has issued a warning today, August 9, 2012, of a new cyber scam. A malware referred to as “ransom ware” which locks one’s computer completely down, leaving a message and demanding payment.
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. (Ibid)The FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) suggests the following steps if your computer is infected:
1. Do not pay any money or provide any personal information.
2. Contact a computer professional to remove Reveton and Citadel from your computer.
3. 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.
4. File a complaint and look for updates about the Reveton virus on the IC3 website.
It is advisable to visit the link given above and read the entire warning issued by the FBI. They issued a warning in May of this year concerning it but its activity has increased in the U.S. since that time. One might well contact their computer security provider to learn how the virus might be cleared up if infected
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