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Tag archive: virus

Cryptolocker Virus Encrypts All Your Data

Cryptolocker Virus Encrypts All Your Data

CryptoLocker is a computer worm which surfaced in late 2013. A form of ransomware targeting Microsoft Windows based computers, the trojan encrypts files stored on local hard drives and mounted network drives using public-key cryptography, and then displays a message saying that the files will be decrypted if a fee is paid through an anonymous…

Scareware Virus Ringleader Ordered To Pay $163 Million

Scareware Virus Ringleader Ordered To Pay $163 Million

 The fake software in question, often referred to as scareware, fake antivirus, or fake AV, is part a social-engineering scamdesigned to trick users into thinking their PC contains viruses, system errors, spyware, or pornography.   Acting on a Federal Trade Commission complaint, a federal court has imposed a $163 million judgment on a woman who allegedly…

FBI Internet Scam

FBI Internet Scam

‘Ransomware’ Locks Computers, Demands Payment There is a new “drive-by” virus on the Internet, and it often carries a fake message—and fine—purportedly from the FBI. “We’re getting inundated with complaints,” said Donna Gregory of the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), referring to the virus known as Reveton ransomware, which is designed to extort money from its victims. Reveton is described…

Kaspersky Lab Discovers New Online Banking Threat

A New Complex Cyber-Threat Designed to Monitor Online Banking Accounts Kaspersky Lab announces the discovery of ‘Gauss’, a new cyber-threat targeting users in the Middle East. Gauss is a complex, nation-state sponsored cyber-espionage toolkit designed to steal sensitive data, with a specific focus on browser passwords, online banking account credentials, cookies, and specific configurations of…

Watch out for fake virus alerts

Watch out for fake virus alerts Rogue security software, also known as “scareware,” is software that appears to be beneficial from a security perspective but provides limited or no security, generates erroneous or misleading alerts, or attempts to lure users into participating in fraudulent transactions. How does rogue security software get on my computer? Rogue…

Phishing scam threatens to delete Facebook accounts in 24 hours

Facebook phishing emails are threatening to delete users’ Facebook accounts unless the victims pass along their account details within 24 hours. The phishing messages are charging Facebook users with violating policy regulations by annoying or insulting other Facebook users. The messages are then requesting personal and financial information including Facebook login details and part of…

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