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'Ransomware' tricks victims into paying hefty fines

Postby Sarcastic on Fri Apr 26, 2013 2:25 pm

Posting it separately here in case one of you gets hit with one. I know all of you geniuses on LGP are too smart to fall for it, yet it must be a shock when a message like that pops out on your screen. btw, a friend of a friend got so scared by one these things, he paid a few hundred dollars to what he thought was the police dept. in California.

http://redtape.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/04/26/17917497-ransomware-tricks-victims-into-paying-hefty-fines

Computer users around the globe are being hit by a new kind of virus that freezes their computer and accuses them of committing heinous crimes, like distributing child porn. The threats sound real enough that victims are coughing up $200 to pay a "fine," and virus writer gangs are netting millions, security firms say.

The malicious software is so cleverly crafted that it comes with 30 to 40 versions packed inside. It displays in the appropriate language for victims — English, Spanish, Russian, etc. — and invokes the local federal authorities. A U.S. victim might get a notice from the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center, while a Canadian victim gets one from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Most victims pick up the virus by visiting booby-trapped web pages that surreptitiously install software on victims' machines through "drive-by” download, or by downloading free software from disreputable sites. In fact, some variations of the virus accuse victims of violating copyright law, knowing that is likely true.
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Re: 'Ransomware' tricks victims into paying hefty fines

Postby mac5155 on Fri Apr 26, 2013 2:26 pm

Ransomware? seriously? this is called phishing. Why must we invent new names for everything? surprised it doesn't end in -gate.
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Re: 'Ransomware' tricks victims into paying hefty fines

Postby Sarcastic on Fri Apr 26, 2013 2:35 pm

Yup, it's called ransomware now.
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Re: 'Ransomware' tricks victims into paying hefty fines

Postby Admin on Fri Apr 26, 2013 2:41 pm

Ransomware can actually take over your computer (encrypting hard drive). Phishing is more of a "reset your banking password" e-mail. Right?
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Postby pfim on Fri Apr 26, 2013 2:48 pm

I was going to click on that link until I saw this

Most victims pick up the virus by visiting booby-trapped web pages
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Re: 'Ransomware' tricks victims into paying hefty fines

Postby Sarcastic on Fri Apr 26, 2013 2:59 pm

Admin wrote:Ransomware can actually take over your computer (encrypting hard drive). Phishing is more of a "reset your banking password" e-mail. Right?


Yes, this is much more dangerous. It can lock you out. That friend of a friend's files became inaccessible.
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Re: 'Ransomware' tricks victims into paying hefty fines

Postby JS© on Fri Apr 26, 2013 3:02 pm

Admin wrote:Ransomware can actually take over your computer (encrypting hard drive). Phishing is more of a "reset your banking password" e-mail. Right?


My mom picked this up a few months ago and was kinda freaked out by it. Formatted her laptop, explained what it was, and she was good to go.

Surprisingly (or maybe not) she just called this week saying "that stupid FBI warning that you got rid of.... it's back again."
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Re: 'Ransomware' tricks victims into paying hefty fines

Postby BigMcK on Fri Apr 26, 2013 3:04 pm

JS© wrote:
Admin wrote:Ransomware can actually take over your computer (encrypting hard drive). Phishing is more of a "reset your banking password" e-mail. Right?


My mom picked this up a few months ago and was kinda freaked out by it. Formatted her laptop, explained what it was, and she was good to go.

Surprisingly (or maybe not) she just called this week saying "that stupid FBI warning that you got rid of.... it's back again."


Did she say if she had downloaded any files or what site she visited?
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Re: 'Ransomware' tricks victims into paying hefty fines

Postby JS© on Fri Apr 26, 2013 3:11 pm

She's dropping it off next weekend. I'll see if I can access history to see what I can find.
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Re: 'Ransomware' tricks victims into paying hefty fines

Postby Digitalgypsy66 on Fri Apr 26, 2013 3:14 pm

Yeah, I had this happen to me 4-5 years ago. A poorly worded popup on the screen said it was the FBI and needed my passwords and bank account numbers. The hackers also said "Watch this" and reset my modem from afar. I flipped out, shut the computer off, rebooted with the Windows disk and reformatted it on the spot. To this day, it freaks me out.

I have no idea what was downloaded/sites visited, but wife liked watching TV shows on random streaming sites (which she still does, but haven't an issue since then).
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Re: 'Ransomware' tricks victims into paying hefty fines

Postby shafnutz05 on Fri Apr 26, 2013 3:15 pm

Concur, this is far beyond phishing.
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Re: 'Ransomware' tricks victims into paying hefty fines

Postby viva la ben on Fri Apr 26, 2013 3:16 pm

The biggest source of ransomeware is from webcam chat sites in the czech republic :slug:
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Re: 'Ransomware' tricks victims into paying hefty fines

Postby BigMcK on Fri Apr 26, 2013 3:18 pm

I enjoy playing online Flash games (Konregate site) while waiting in airports or hotels and wonder if those may be a cause since the games aren't from actual websites, but are actually hosted on a site like Kongregate.
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Re: 'Ransomware' tricks victims into paying hefty fines

Postby Sarcastic on Fri Apr 26, 2013 3:22 pm

This is where a full-drive revert app like the kind I've been using for years now comes in handy. It works underneath Windows and you can launch it before Windows loads, enabling you to restore your pc to 100% of a saved snapshot, fixing up any and all changes. I have mine set to once a day, and I also manually make one when I'm trying out demos or before going to dangerous websites.
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Re: 'Ransomware' tricks victims into paying hefty fines

Postby Pitt87 on Fri Apr 26, 2013 3:40 pm

mac5155 wrote:Ransomware? seriously? this is called phishing. Why must we invent new names for everything? surprised it doesn't end in -gate.


I think Ransonware would be software that automates phishing...
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Re: 'Ransomware' tricks victims into paying hefty fines

Postby mac5155 on Fri Apr 26, 2013 3:55 pm

JS© wrote:She's dropping it off next weekend. I'll see if I can access history to see what I can find.


Tell her to pay for her pr0n.
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Re: 'Ransomware' tricks victims into paying hefty fines

Postby Admin on Fri Apr 26, 2013 3:57 pm

Sarcastic wrote:This is where a full-drive revert app like the kind I've been using for years now comes in handy. It works underneath Windows and you can launch it before Windows loads, enabling you to restore your pc to 100% of a saved snapshot, fixing up any and all changes. I have mine set to once a day, and I also manually make one when I'm trying out demos or before going to dangerous websites.

Software name?
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Re: 'Ransomware' tricks victims into paying hefty fines

Postby Sarcastic on Fri Apr 26, 2013 4:00 pm

Rollback RX. I previously used Roxio's GoBack, which was later taken over by Symantec. Rollback Rx is much more efficient and works every bit as good, taking the pc back to 100% of how it was in seconds. No pc slow down at all while working.

https://www.horizondatasys.com/en/products_and_solutions.aspx?ProductId=1
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Re: 'Ransomware' tricks victims into paying hefty fines

Postby mac5155 on Fri Apr 26, 2013 4:00 pm

Sarcastic wrote:This is where a full-drive revert app like the kind I've been using for years now comes in handy. It works underneath Windows and you can launch it before Windows loads, enabling you to restore your pc to 100% of a saved snapshot, fixing up any and all changes. I have mine set to once a day, and I also manually make one when I'm trying out demos or before going to dangerous websites.

Doesn't that kill your performance?
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Re: 'Ransomware' tricks victims into paying hefty fines

Postby Sarcastic on Fri Apr 26, 2013 4:04 pm

You can even go on a dangerous website, get a virus attack and get messed up, still want to keep a file you got, put the file into a folder you specified in the setup, then revert. All's back to how it was.. but you still have that file or files. I completely rely on an app like this. And as I said, it restores the disk to 100%, unlike that crappy Windows Restore thing.
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Re: 'Ransomware' tricks victims into paying hefty fines

Postby Sarcastic on Fri Apr 26, 2013 4:06 pm

mac5155 wrote:
Sarcastic wrote:This is where a full-drive revert app like the kind I've been using for years now comes in handy. It works underneath Windows and you can launch it before Windows loads, enabling you to restore your pc to 100% of a saved snapshot, fixing up any and all changes. I have mine set to once a day, and I also manually make one when I'm trying out demos or before going to dangerous websites.

Doesn't that kill your performance?


GoBack did a whole lot... it would slow down the pc when you were downloading or installing (as it made copies of each file created or deleted or modified). Ya, big slowdown.

Rollback RX works in a different method, taking a snapshot instead. No slowdown whatsoever.
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Re: 'Ransomware' tricks victims into paying hefty fines

Postby Sarcastic on Fri Apr 26, 2013 4:19 pm

btw, I also use, in addition to NOD32 (best antivirus/trojan/malware that I know of), someting called OnlineArmor. It basically won't let you do anything without it's approval. It won't let you run a program or install anything unless you click to allow it (and the program's system files as it typically asks for them individually). It's also a great in/out software firewall to have in addition to a router. The free version is good enough for most people. They really keep it updated too, as it seems like I'm getting auto updates daily. I think I'm pretty well protected...

http://www.online-armor.com/
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