FBI warns of malware used to extort money

TULSA - The FBI reports a new extortion technique used by cyber criminals using the Citadel malware platform to deliver Reveton ransomware.

The latest version of the ransomware uses the name of the Internet Crime Complaint Center to frighten victims into sending money to the perpetrators.

Investigators say in addition to threatening prosecution this latest malware version also claims the user's computer activity is being recorded using video, audio, and other devices.

The malware then lures the victim to a "drive-by download" website where the ransomware is installed on the user's computer.

Then the computer freezes and a screen appears claiming the user violated United States Federal Law and a aw enforcement agency has determined that a computer using the victim's IP address has accessed child pornography and other illegal content.

The user is told to immediately pay a fine using a prepaid money card services. The FBI says in addition to the ransomware, the Citadel malware continues to operate on the compromised computer and can be used to commit online banking and credit card fraud.

If you receive this here's what the FBI advises you do:

  • File a complaint at IC3.gov
  • Keep operating systems and legitimate antivirus and antispyware software updated; and
  • Contact a reputable computer expert to assist with removing the malware.
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