Well… Internet is a very powerful tool that can either bring troubles to society or bring society closer together…. Spanish Police officials and the European Cybercrime Centre at Europol have arrested a gang of 11 cyber criminals who used “ransomware” (known as Reveton) to demand money from thousands of victims in 30 countries — estimated to be worth one million euros.
The malware used by the gang froze infected computers — accused the target victim of visiting illegal websites containing child abuse material or file-sharing capabilities… and displayed messages that purported to be from police authorities.
The messages demanded that the user pay a fine of €100 ($134) for accessing file-sharing, child pornography or terrorist sites.
Researchers from security firm Trend Micro, which helped find the origin of the malware, said there were 48 different variations of the virus in use.
Trend Micro said: “This coordinated activity – in much the same way as the Trend Micro/FBI action against the DNS Changer gang in 2011 – leading directly to the arrest of individuals believed to be actively engaged in cybercrime, rather than simply taking down associated infrastructure, should serve as a model for how the security industry and law enforcement can effectively cooperate int he fight against online crime.”
The creator of the virus, a 27-year-old Russian man, was arrested in the United Arab Emirates in December over the incident, and ten more members (six more Russians, two Ukrainians and two Georgians) of his criminal gang were detained in Spain’s Costa del Sol.
Europol director Rob Wainwright – whose name was used in the scam – estimated that “hundreds of thousands” of European had been affected by the scam. “If we take into account that the average fine was €100 ($130) and 3% … paid it, then the estimated damage is millions of euros,” he said.
What is Ransomware (latest version — named Reveton)?
Ransomware is a type of malware attack you may find on your computer, after infecting and taking control of the victim’s machine.
Typically, the ransomware will either ‘lock’ the computer to prevent normal usage, or encrypt the documents and files on it to prevent access to the saved data.
It can track affected users’ geographic locations and scare them with a scam faking their respective countries’ police force.
The latest version — named Reveton —> The Reveton Trojan instantly locks the infected computer. Then it displays a message on the screen that looks like it’s from the FBI. The bogus message says the user violated federal law by downloading child pornography or illegally using or distributing copyrighted music or video.
To unlock the machine, the user is told to pay a “fine” via a prepaid money card, online payment service or wire transfer.
How do I remove a ransomware infection from my computer?
Step 1: Restart your computer in safe mode.
Step 2: Run the Microsoft Safety Scanner in your computer
Step 3: Restart your computer after running the Microsoft Safety Scanner.
Step 1: Download a copy of the Windows Defender Offline
Step 2: Save a copy of the recovery tool to a removable drive, in order to create bootable media
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