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has anyone ever dealt with the fbi ransomware

#41Orestes417Posted 8/18/2013 2:53:29 PM
mrCube posted...
BadProfessional posted...
ATARIJAWA posted...
I'm just curious but the people who actually do pay the "fine" don't get their computer unlocked right?


Depends on the virus. The smart ones will unlock afterwards with a timer so that it locks down again in a few weeks asking for more money. Others claim that any code entered into it is incorrect and the person needs to get a different card. A really bad one would do both of the above, and could potentially get a lot of money from some people.


How would it do both? Say the card is invalid and still unlock for a few weeks? That doesn't make sense.


You're dealing with a virus that asks you to believe the government would demand you pay a fine with prepaid cards. It's safe to say nonsensical actions are on the menu.
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#42QT31416Posted 8/18/2013 2:56:17 PM
My brother in law works in law enforcement and currently works with victims of online fraud and extortion.

The amount of people who actually pay is frightening.

Simple ones from "Hey grandma it's your grandson, I'm being held hostage unless you pay X amount of dollars' to more elaborate ones like the one discussed in this topic.
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#43blade6321Posted 8/18/2013 2:58:49 PM
Orestes417 posted...
mrCube posted...
BadProfessional posted...
ATARIJAWA posted...
I'm just curious but the people who actually do pay the "fine" don't get their computer unlocked right?


Depends on the virus. The smart ones will unlock afterwards with a timer so that it locks down again in a few weeks asking for more money. Others claim that any code entered into it is incorrect and the person needs to get a different card. A really bad one would do both of the above, and could potentially get a lot of money from some people.


How would it do both? Say the card is invalid and still unlock for a few weeks? That doesn't make sense.


You're dealing with a virus that asks you to believe the government would demand you pay a fine with prepaid cards. It's safe to say nonsensical actions are on the menu.


Um...but how?

If it says the code is "wrong" then unlocks...what's the problem? Unless it unlocks for a few weeks, then say it's the wrong code, or says it's a wrong code the first time then unlocks.

So I suppose, but it didn't seem like that's what they meant.
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#44mrCubePosted 8/18/2013 3:03:18 PM
I get like 2 computers a week with this virus, but luckily I've never seen anyone dumb enough to actually pay the $300. Oddly enough I've never actually seen a version of the virus that taps into the computer's webcam, but I know they exist.

About two weeks ago I got a laptop in that had this virus. It appeared to originate from a file in the client's download folder called "horseporn_downloader.exe".
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#45blade6321Posted 8/18/2013 4:09:52 PM
mrCube posted...
I get like 2 computers a week with this virus, but luckily I've never seen anyone dumb enough to actually pay the $300. Oddly enough I've never actually seen a version of the virus that taps into the computer's webcam, but I know they exist.

About two weeks ago I got a laptop in that had this virus. It appeared to originate from a file in the client's download folder called "horseporn_downloader.exe".


Look, I can explain, I was looking into...into...medical stuff.
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#46SpaceMarineZackPosted 8/18/2013 4:54:21 PM
blade6321 posted...
mrCube posted...
I get like 2 computers a week with this virus, but luckily I've never seen anyone dumb enough to actually pay the $300. Oddly enough I've never actually seen a version of the virus that taps into the computer's webcam, but I know they exist.

About two weeks ago I got a laptop in that had this virus. It appeared to originate from a file in the client's download folder called "horseporn_downloader.exe".


Look, I can explain, I was looking into...into...medical stuff.


or maybe he was looking it up for horse-breeding
#47nIMr0D888Posted 8/18/2013 6:20:35 PM
Girlfriends dad had one of these the other day, it locked the screen to a webpage with the webcam running and demanded $100.

Quite trivial to remove in safe mode though.
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#48kjhoveyPosted 8/18/2013 6:37:34 PM
Apparently there's a variety of these... I guess some are harder than others. My grandma got one about 2 weeks ago. I was actually impressed that she knew how fake it was and she actually tried to run it in safe mode.

I ended up taking it from her and it was a pretty simple fix. I had to load it in safe mode with the command prompt only... it wouldn't work in any other safe mode setting. All I had to do was create another user and load the computer with that user... then run some malwarebytes and that did the trick.

The virus was nasty though. It stated that my grandma had 48 hours to make a payment of $300 through a pre-paid card. It even had locations for where you could get them >_>. The thing stated that she had been looking up kiddie porn and zoophilia. It also had a little strip of images with some kiddie porn. I mean,wtf?
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#49BadProfessionalPosted 8/19/2013 9:01:22 AM
mrCube posted...
BadProfessional posted...
ATARIJAWA posted...
I'm just curious but the people who actually do pay the "fine" don't get their computer unlocked right?


Depends on the virus. The smart ones will unlock afterwards with a timer so that it locks down again in a few weeks asking for more money. Others claim that any code entered into it is incorrect and the person needs to get a different card. A really bad one would do both of the above, and could potentially get a lot of money from some people.


How would it do both? Say the card is invalid and still unlock for a few weeks? That doesn't make sense.


Do the second a few times, then do the first.
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#50AsucaHayashiPosted 8/19/2013 10:03:59 AM
i tried so many things to get rid of it on my dad's comp(gee, i wonder how HE got it... not) and iirc it's still on the computer because of one pesky little file that wouldn't go away; the one that would execute the program upon boot.

i think i ended up renaming it or something and the problem went away.
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