Tuesday, April 13, 2010

New Ransomware Targets Copyright Law, Threatens Legal Action

A new piece of "ransomware", a piece of malware that is actually acting like a legitimate program, has cropped up and is now demanding $400 from users that is says are violating copyright laws.

The "ransomeware" informs victims that an "Antipiracy foundation scanner" has found illegal torrents on the users system. If he/she won't pay $400 (via a credit card transaction), they might face jail time and huge fines. Victims are instructed to pay the very FAKE ICPP Copyright Foundation. This company purports to be associated with the RIAA and MPAA, and that a copyright violation has been logged.

Beware all of this is completely fake. There is no "ICPP Foundation", and the messages will appear even if the system contains no illegal material whatsoever.

If you are hit by this trojan, DO NOT PAY. Instead, use an antivirus program that is capable of detecting it to remove the trojan. F-Secure Antivirus detects it as Rogue:W32/DotTorrent.A. You can use F-Secure's free online scanner at ols.f-secure.com to check your system.

More details can be found Via F-Secure's blog post:
ICPP Copyright Foundation is Fake - F-Secure Weblog : News from the Lab

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