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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 6:35 am    Post subject: Now a computer virus that accuses you of viewing child porn Reply with quote

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/02/01/ransomware_trojan/

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Depraved miscreants are spreading vile ransomware that displays images of child abuse on infected PCs and demands payment to remove them.

Typically, this sort of malware pretends to be an official piece of police software and pops up a text message accusing victims of breaking the law - usually for downloading copyrighted material or dodgy pornography - and locks down the computer until the user coughs up some cash.

But this new Trojan stoops to an all-time low by displaying actual pictures of child sex abuse and accuses the victim of previously viewing it. The ransomware sports logos of the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) and the German Society for the Prosecution of Copyright Infringement (GVU) to lend an air of authenticity to proceedings.

Owners of infected machines are ordered to pay an on-the-spot fine of €100 to get a code that unlocks the computer.

Germany's Federal Criminal Police Office (Bundeskriminalamt) put out a warning about the disturbing new tactic in ransomware extortion on Tuesday; an advisory in German can be found here. Victims are advised to not be intimidated by the extortionists' threats. ®

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 6:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, there's a variant that goes to people here purporting to be from the Australian Federal Police. It asks you for money to unlock your computer.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 7:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 7:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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http://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-948394-highlight-.html
That is a different one. It was a bondage site IIRC.

This accuses you of viewing child porn.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 8:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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petrjanda wrote:
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That is a different one. It was a bondage site IIRC.

This accuses you of viewing child porn.


the one I had accused me of child porn. I used an internet guide to get rid of it.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 10:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

how to prevent from infection other than shutting down the computer?
seems nobody explained how they got it first?
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 1:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No mention of what OS the box was running on.
Being a Linux only user I've never seen anything like this.
I know it happens here too but AFAIK never on Linux boxes.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 1:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They say a virus but it's probably a spyware infecting a browser.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 2:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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They say a virus but it's probably a spyware infecting a browser.


In a Linux system it's practically impossible.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2013 12:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

padoor wrote:
how to prevent from infection other than shutting down the computer?
seems nobody explained how they got it first?


It's either youtube or facebook. it was the only two websites my gf was looking at. that, and it needs to be IE >= 8. i know because i was sitting right there, drinking wine and listening to music on youtube.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2013 1:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

@petrjanda
Is it possible that your GF unzipped a file, or run some program while you were drunk/away?
It seems unlikely to be youtube or facebook. Maybe it could've been a website that resize images (be very careful of those).
Also a software patch (not from portage) that altered one or more of your softwares.

Be very careful of what you download, patch, unzip and (especially) execute.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2013 3:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

rmzelnick wrote:
@petrjanda
Is it possible that your GF unzipped a file, or run some program while you were drunk/away?
It seems unlikely to be youtube or facebook. Maybe it could've been a website that resize images (be very careful of those).
Also a software patch (not from portage) that altered one or more of your softwares.

Be very careful of what you download, patch, unzip and (especially) execute.

It was a Windows infection AFAIK, so portage would not have entered into it. Also, however careful one is doesn't matter much when others are concerned.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2013 8:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

rmzelnick wrote:
@petrjanda
Is it possible that your GF unzipped a file, or run some program while you were drunk/away?
It seems unlikely to be youtube or facebook. Maybe it could've been a website that resize images (be very careful of those).
Also a software patch (not from portage) that altered one or more of your softwares.

Be very careful of what you download, patch, unzip and (especially) execute.


It was on windows 7, not linux. And nothing was certainly downloaded. i was choosing a song on youtube, and all of sudden, the screen went white.
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