a term for malware which locks computer systems and data or
“holds them hostage” against the computer user’s will and
demands a penalty fine to be paid in order to unlock and use the
computer system again.
Ransomware is on a major
rise in 2012. Just as Citadel Reveton ransomware started
deploying their path to destruction, infecting hundreds of
thousands of computers in Europe, the fatal ransomware known as
FBI Moneypak started making it rounds throughout North America,
most notably the United States.
FBI Moneypak is ransomware
that locks computer systems, alleges the computer user has been
involved in illegal activity by the FBI (downloaded or
distributed copyrighted material or viewed child pornography),
and demands a penalty fine of $100 or $200 be paid to unlock the
computer system within the allotted time of 72 hours by use of
Moneypak cards. Moneypak is the prepaid credit cards you can
purchase at Walmart or Walgreens type stores. The FBI Moneypak
ransomware virus also states on the fake FBI page that you may
see jail time if a fine is not paid in time.
FBI Moneypak ransomware symptoms;
User is directed to a fraudulent FBI website
Alert message appears “Attention! Your PC is blocked
due to at least one of the reasons specified below”:
been violating Copyright and related rights Law (Video,
Music,Software) and illegally using or distributing copyrighted
content, thus infringing Article I, Section 8, clause 8, also
known as the Copyright of the Criminal Code of United States of
America. If it is PCEU Virus then this is thus infringing
Article 128 of the criminal code of Great Britain.
ransomware details that you have been viewing or distributing
prohibited pornographic content (Child Pornography/Zoofilia).
Thus violating article 202 of the Criminal Code of United States
of America. Article 202 of the criminal provides for deprivation
of liberty for two or twelve yours.
Illegal access to
computer data has been initiated from your PC,or you have been.
Article 210 (it is 208 for PCEU Virus) of the Criminal Code
provides for a fine of up to $100,000 and/or a deprivation of
liberty for four to nine years.
Fines may only be paid within
72 hours after the infringement. As soon as 72 hours elapse, the
possibility to pay the fine expires, and a criminal case is
initiated against you automatically within the next 72 hours!
(Sometimes it shows you within 2 hours or 48 hours).
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