News 12 at 11 o'clock / Thursday, Jan. 30, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Cyber criminals are extorting residents of the CSRA through very frightening malware.
Just imagine your computer freezes, then what appears to be an FBI agent begins sending you messages and even gains control of your Web cam to tape you. That's exactly how a group of bad guys are getting money from people.
"It's kind of shocking. Kind of intimidating," said David Shaver about the ominous message on his laptop. "It looked legit. It looked legit definitely."
Shaver was paying a few bills online when what appeared to be an FBI warning popped up across his screen.
"It's like the real FBI symbol and label and it's worded very scholarly," Shaver stated.
Even more frightening, the so-called FBI page told him they were recording him through his Web cam, which suddenly turned on.
"Pay, I forget, $250 and send it to this address and we will remove it," he said about the warning.
It didn't take him long to figure out it was a scary combination of a scam and virus.
"What it does is it completely hijacks your computer. It's essentially called ransom wear. It kidnaps your computer," John Delgenio said.
The Computer Exchange employee says he sees at least half a dozen computers infected by the FBI virus a week.
"Once it takes control of your computer, it locks you out of everything you can do. In addition, it tries to scare you. It puts up all these scary warnings that are supposedly from the FBI," Delgenio said.
Unfortunately, many have fallen for the sneaky scary wording, mainly senior citizens.
"The trick is, it's just a scam -- once you pay the money, you're still infected, you're going to get hit again," Delgenio said.
The scam is so widespread that the real FBI sent out a warning about it.
"The Internet is just as dangerous as walking into Baghdad; you can get hurt on it," Delgenio said.
You can protect your computer by making sure Windows and Java are kept up to date. Also, you want install spyware on your computer and run it at least biweekly.
If your computer is infected, you need to take it to a computer expert.
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Kaspersky Lab warns users about the emergence online of a new version of the Gpcode ransomware program.
The program spreads via malicious websites and P2P networks.
Kaspersky Lab products detect the program as Trojan-Ransom.Win32.Gpcode.ax.
You can read more on our blog.
Kaspersky Lab is monitoring a new email worm which is currently spreading. Emails spreading the worm say “Here you have” in the subject line.
We detect the worm as Email-Worm.Win32.VBMania.
While the servers hosting related downloads have been taken down, we are keeping customers updated and protected against any new variants.
Net-Worm.Win32.Kido exploits a critical vulnerability (MS08-067) in Microsoft Windows to spread via local networks and removable storage media.
The worm disables system restore, blocks access to security websites, and downloads additional malware to infected machines.
Users are strongly recommended to ensure their antivirus databases are up to date. A patch for the vulnerability is available from Microsoft.
The new Gpcode variant encrypts files with extensions DOC, TXT, PDF, XLS, JPG, PNG, CPP, H etc. on hard drives using an RSA algorithm with a 1024-bit key.
After encrypting files, the virus leaves a text file in the folder next to the encrypted files with following message:
Currently, we detect the new variant, but we are unable to crack the 1024-bit key. Our analysts are continuing to work on both the key and the virus to resolve this issue.
Kaspersky Lab recommends that all Internet users enable maximum protection from malicious code and network attacks on their computers, refrain from executing suspicious programs received from untrustworthy sources and back up any important information on their computers.
Detection of Virus.Win32.Gpcode.ak was added to Kaspersky Anti-Virus signature databases yesterday, on June 4th, at 15:39 GMT. Please make sure to update if you haven’t already.
If you have fallen victim to Gpcode.ak, try to contact us using another computer connected to the Internet. DO NOT RESTART or POWER DOWN the potentially infected machine. Contact us by email email@example.com and tell us the exact date and time of infection, as well everything you did on the computer in the 5 minutes before the machine was infected: which programs you have executed, which websites you have visited, etc. We'll try and help you recover any data that has been encrypted.
For more information about the malicious program, please read our weblog.
A few hours before this point, there was a noticeable increase in mail traffic of an earlier modification of Warezov - Warezov.do which featured in the October 2006 Top 20.
If you are using Kaspersky Anti-Virus 6.0 or Kaspersky Internet Security 6.0 with Proactive Protection turned on, new variants will be detected without the need to update your antivirus databases.
A full description of Email-Worm.Win32.Warezov.nf is now available in the Virus Encyclopaedia.