Wednesday, June 05, 2013
New ransonware virus locks up boot process with ransom demand
Media reports on a new shakedown or “ransomware” virus which, on boo-tup, greets the laptop PC ownr with an “FBI warning” demanding a payment to a particular company for copyrighted material found on the computer. The trackpad and keyboard of the computer become disabled. The warning shows an image of the person in her home, shot by the laptop computer’s webcam.
Curiously the MPAA wants to have the capability to do juts this!
The FBI never contacts people this way.
Geek squad and similar professionals are able to remove this virus. Data on the computers has not been lost.