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FBI Ciber Crime Alert:
Imagine having all of your computer files , including tax records and other important data kidnapped and held for ransom.
It’s happening more and more. Internet criminals began targeting U.S. computers last summer and since February 2013 more and more Middle Tennessee consumers and businesses are reporting online extortion attacks.
The FBI issued Ransom ware alerts last fall, but the latest version is more sophisticated than most and can turn on the hijacked computer’s webcam and show the victim’s photo on the frozen screen
The latest attacks reported to BBB instantly locks the infected computer, then it displays a message on the screen that looks like its from the FBI...The bogus message says the user violated federal law by downloading child pornography or illegally downloading and sharing copyrighted music or movie videos
To unlock the computer the user is told to pay a $200 fine via a prepaid money card usually by a Green Dot Money Pack pre paid card, mailed to a Buffalo New York address; or by online payment service or wire transfer. Victims report the messages state if FINES are not met, criminal charges would be filed and the computer would remain locked.
The IC3, Internet Crime Complaint Center, a partnership between the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center, reports being inundated with complaints about the Ransom ware.
WHAT TO DO:
- Don’t pay...THE FBI WARNING APPEARING ON YOUR COMPUTER SCREEN IS A SCAM
- Don’t ignore the cyber ware attack, even if your computer is suddenly UNLOCKED, the malware virus is dormant and will reactivate
- Shut down your computer
- Take you computer to a professional who can wipe the hard drive and eliminate the malware
- Report this ransom ware attack to the Internet Crime Complaint Center
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