11.20.12

Your computer has been locked!

Today hackers run malware-spreading campaigns that distribute and promote virus messages claiming to be from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. An example of such malware is the FBI Greendot Moneypak Virus. The message says “Your computer has been locked!” and the malware program is actually locking the system. The hacker wants to hide the actual plans and disguise the malware as a warning allegedly coming from the FBI, the US Department of Justice. A ransom message is written on the screen that instructs users how to transfer funds in favor of the government, which eventually lands in ininto the pocket of the hacker. Users should be wise enough to understand that this is a malware infection and not a real FBI warning.