FBI warns of ransomware extorting money from innocent victims

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation is warning about a scam telling victims to pay a fine for possessing child pornography even though they haven’t viewed any child pornography.

The ransomware uses the name of the Internet Crime Complaint Center and launches an alert on the desktop. The alert says the user must pay a fine or the police will be sent to their home.

Even if the victim pays a fine, the ransomware remains in the computer and is used to commit online banking and credit card fraud.

The Internet Crime Complain Center is a government agency that works in partnership with the FBI, but is not behind this notice.

If the notice pops up on your computer:

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

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