FBI warns of new internet scam and malware that activates by just visiting a website.
- POLICE & FIRE
Thursday, August 9, 2012
There is a new “drive-by” virus on the Internet, and it often carries a fake message — and fine — purportedly from the FBI. “We’re getting inundated with complaints” about the virus known as Reveton ransomware, which is designed to extort money from its victims, said Donna Gregory of the Internet Crime Complaint Center. Reveton is described as drive-by malware because unlike many viruses — which activate when users open a file or attachment — this one can install itself when users simply click on a compromised website. Once infected, the victim’s computer immediately locks, and the monitor displays a screen stating there has been a violation of federal law. The bogus message goes on to say that the user’s Internet address was identified by…
For some, there will be no Internet access after Monday due to a malware.
The Internet is abuzz about the DNS Changer computer malware that is expected to leave some without Web access on Monday. The nasty bug came to light last year when it was reported that international cyber criminals were taking control of computers and also diabling anti-virus updates. The problem was so concerning that the FBI responded by running a computer intervention. (Click here to read more from the FBI on the DNSChanger malware.) Let Patch save you time. Get great local stories like this delivered right to your inbox or smartphone everyday with our free newsletter. Simple, fast sign-up here. It is estimated that about 277,000 computers worldwide — 64,000 of them in the United States — may still be infected with the malware, and on …