Internauts Targeted by Increasing Reveton Scareware
Scmagazine.com.au on 13 August 2012 has said that the internet recipients are getting Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) with reports that their machines are being infected with Reveton Scareware. As a result, the IC3 issued an alert bewaring of the malware first observed in May 2012, which covers by showing a message to recipients that suppose to come from the FBI.
Also, FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center is a partnership, launched in 2000 and present victim a chance to report cybercrimes.
Reveton is called as drive-by malware as it may be activated with the opening of a file or attachment by the users. Unlike other virus - this virus is empowered to install itself with just a click on a compromised site. As soon as it is infected, the victim's computer locks and the monitor exhibits a screen saying that there has been a violation of federal law.
The phony message says that the internet address of the user was recognized by FBI or the Department of Justice's Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section as having been linked with pornography sites of children or other illogical online activity. For unlocking the machines, users are advised to pay a fine using a prepaid money card service.
Some types of the malware take over the webcam, click a picture of the computer's owner and showing it on the locked screen.
The expert of cyber crime, Donna Gregory says that "some people have actually paid the fake fine", as published by theinquirer.net dated august 10, 2012.
The IC3 suggest the following tips to the victims of the Reveton virus. Do not pay any money or offer any special information; get in touch with a computer professional to delete Reveton and Citadel from the infected computer; be careful that even if you are capable enough to unfreeze your computer on your own, the malware may still work in the background; and finally file a complaint to see for updates about the Reveton virus on the IC3 website.
The UK's Police central e-Crime unit (PCeU) issued an almost same warning about unknown ransomware Trojan that had hit over many PC's. This was almost definitely also the work of Reveton masterminds.
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