Thursday, August 23, 2012
The Better Business Bureau is warning computer users about a new malware virus asking for money to unlock a screen.
The virus poses as an FBI alert suggesting that a computer is frozen.
The message indicates the computer is locked due to a specified reason. The reasons include owning/distributing copyrighted
material, pornography or malware.
To unlock the computer, the virus demands a fine up to $300 that must be paid with MoneyPak, a way to send cash without a bank account. It threatens criminal action against those who don’t pay within three days.
The FBI calls the virus Reveton. Unlike many viruses that activate
when users open a file or attachment, this one can install itself when
users simply click on a compromised website.
People with infected computers are urged not to pay any money or provide personal information. Only the most computer-savvy users will be able to remove the virus without help. Be aware that even if you are able to unfreeze your computer on your own, the malware might still operate in the background.
For any questions, you can contact the BBB office at 1-800-856-2417.