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German federal police are warning about a computer virus that accuses victims of viewing "juvenile pornography"

 
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German federal police are warning about a computer virus that accuses victims of viewing "juvenile pornography"
It also displays an image that it claims reveals images of child sexual abuse have been viewed on a computer.

The Windows virus locks a computer and only returns control to its owner on payment of a 100 euro (£86) fine.

It purports to be collecting cash on behalf of German copyright authorities and the country's national computer security agency.

The virus amounted to "digital extortion" and victims should not pay up, said German police.

The warning about the novel strain of ransomware was issued by Germany's Federal Criminal police office (the Bundeskriminalamt or BKA).

The ransomware version found by the BKA uses a pop-up window that says the machine has been locked down due to "unauthorised network activity". The window is crafted to look like it has been put together by Germany's Federal Office for Information Security (BKI) and its society for prosecution of copyright infringement (GVU).

'Emotional blackmail'
Text in the window claims that images of child sexual abuse as well as pirated content have been found on the machine. Also displayed is an picture of a child which it claims reveals illegal images have been viewed.

Rik Ferguson, director of security research at Trend Micro, said it was the first time he had heard of ransomware displaying images that users were accused of harbouring.

"It seems that they are attempting to increase the pressure of this kind of emotional blackmail," he told the BBC.

Read more [link to www.bbc.co.uk]
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The virus is a total joke. I had this issue come into our IT department about 3 weeks ago. It was a simple edit to the registry and had it fixed in maybe 30 minutes.
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Re: German federal police are warning about a computer virus that accuses victims of viewing "juvenile pornography"
Step by step how to remove it if you are infected.

[link to botcrawl.com]
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The virus is a total joke. I had this issue come into our IT department about 3 weeks ago. It was a simple edit to the registry and had it fixed in maybe 30 minutes.
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The information is to alert normal users that they do not know what is happening on their computers Smiley
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Step by step how to remove it if you are infected.

[link to botcrawl.com]
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Tks. the information is to alert users that they do not know what is happening on their computers Smiley
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That's how they get ya. Easiest lie in the book. All it takes is a few pictures to turn you into public enemy "take a number". I thought the internet already patrolled every single website for child porn. Knowing our government, it was actually midget porn.
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Thank you for the pin Smiley
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Re: German federal police are warning about a computer virus that accuses victims of viewing "juvenile pornography"
Its called 'Ransomware'

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The Geheim Staat Politzi rises otra vez.
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Re: German federal police are warning about a computer virus that accuses victims of viewing "juvenile pornography"
This made the rounds in Canuckistan too.
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This made the rounds in Canuckistan too.
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Really? Smiley
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i actually got thiis virus a few months ago and its not just german as i live in canada and mine was in english.

what made it worse i wasnt even using the computer when it popped up, my mother was.. so i had to explain to her its a virus
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i actually got thiis virus a few months ago and its not just german as i live in canada and mine was in english.

what made it worse i wasnt even using the computer when it popped up, my mother was.. so i had to explain to her its a virus
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wow that sucks, damn thats like the mfcker of all viruses, id rather my computer blowup in a dust cloud than that shit happen. crazy stuff
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Why do you say old news? I can not find already published on GLP?

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I heared about this from a friend.. it related it with adult porn (not juvenile porn). He called someone and fixed it.
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The virus is a total joke. I had this issue come into our IT department about 3 weeks ago. It was a simple edit to the registry and had it fixed in maybe 30 minutes.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 2377823


It was a joke to you.. The strain I picked up locks you out of safe mode.. You can't access the registry..
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The virus is a total joke. I had this issue come into our IT department about 3 weeks ago. It was a simple edit to the registry and had it fixed in maybe 30 minutes.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 2377823


It was a joke to you.. The strain I picked up locks you out of safe mode.. You can't access the registry..
 Quoting: Butt Pincher


Sure Smiley
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I heared about this from a friend.. it related it with adult porn (not juvenile porn). He called someone and fixed it.
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Oh, yes. These black-market exploitation and hijacking viruses attempt to make the owner of the computer fearful that someone will think they had visited porn sites, bestiality sites, child porn sites when all the time it was viruses that created the pornography.
Even if you use the best of antivirus, you can still become infected by porn spreading viruses. Even visiting sites usually reserved for religion, education, government and children can be infected and therefore infect your computer. furthermore your computer can be infected for seconds, hours or even many months before actually showing any signs which makes it very difficult to determine where the porn or the virus came from.
Here is the usual method the virus takes. [link to newsfornatives.com]

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The virus is a total joke. I had this issue come into our IT department about 3 weeks ago. It was a simple edit to the registry and had it fixed in maybe 30 minutes.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 2377823


I'm in the process of setting up a blog about viruses/malware/trojans and I've come to the conclusion that the anti-virus/malware programs don't do enough to protect the Window's registry.

I'm focusing my attention on RATs (Remote Access Trojans) that use Window's Remote Assistance feature to get into a computer and I wouldn't be the slightest bit surprised if this is the case here.

Anyway, in any computer takeover, the Windows Registry search engine should be used to see if Remote Access has been compromised. You can do this by using the search string 'remoteaccess' (no spaces) and note if there is any sign of somebody's personal handiwork. Keep hitting the F3 button until there is a notation that Windows has finished searching the registry.

While you're in the Registry, also search for 'domains' ... You may be surprised to find out that your computer has been turned into a proxy server. Another search term should be 'proxy' and all those values should be 0 (zero).

Having had several intruders in this area, I've been taking my time to find out the easiest and quickest ways to get rid of these miscreants.

As it turns out, if you get to the point where your registry and computer are squeaky clean, you should create a 'Disk Image' of your hard drive AND back up that clean registry. This way, you don't have to make any complicated entries to your registry in order to fix your computer.

I use PC Tuneup as one of my registry backup apps (about $30), but I also use CC Cleaner (which has a free version). These apps will replace your damaged registry with only a few keystrokes.

HOWEVER!!!!!

Don't forget that your hacker managed to find his or her way through your router (if you have one). And there is a very good possibility that the router has also been compromised. And there are at least two ways to fix that...

The better of the two ways is to re-install the firmware. But if you're adventurous enough, you can try to just reset the router to its factory defaults (so far, so good on my last attack).

The one major part of my study of RATs is that hackers who are using your computer for profit understand that your IP Address may change at any time. Well, how are they going to find you what that happens?

Well, these guys know what they're doing, so they fixed that problem, too.

They set up a 'Broadcast Signal' (often on the router) that continually sends out 'Here I Am' signals so they can find you easily. But there is another catch about this that I'm sure you don't want to know... And that is OTHER HACKERS CAN PICK UP THIS SIGNAL, TOO!!!!!

Well, in the event that you don't believe me, I'm putting in a link to an article that was published in September 2002 that introduced RATs to the world. Please keep in mind that the first Microsoft Remote Assistance feature appeared with the introduction of the XP operating system which occurred in April of 2001. So it took one year and five months for the hackers to invent their RATs AND have these RATs discovered, written about and published!

(BTW, please note that this article has be re-published by a highly reliable and trusted vendor...)

Also note that this link may open to the section of the article under the heading of 'Scurrying RATs.'

[link to technet.microsoft.com]
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Re: German federal police are warning about a computer virus that accuses victims of viewing "juvenile pornography"
had this twice in about a weeks time 2 months ago.. except it was the Canadian police version.

turns on the webcam too! I always have it tapped over with black electrical tape.

just reboot in safe mode and run malware bytes software and it should get rid of it.. worked for me
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The virus is a total joke. I had this issue come into our IT department about 3 weeks ago. It was a simple edit to the registry and had it fixed in maybe 30 minutes.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 2377823


It was a joke to you.. The strain I picked up locks you out of safe mode.. You can't access the registry..
 Quoting: Butt Pincher


You not got a hibernation os on annother drive to fix it?
i had a similar lockout for an old virus, had to boot from other os then edit registry from there, then tackle the extortionware.It was a real frigging pain in the proverbial to remove it.
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Its called 'Ransomware'

[link to www.f-secure.com]
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Yeppers....dats the one that got ME! Real pain in the butt too...

Not being computer savvy I had to purchase a software program to remove it..the good thing is, IT DID!
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Its called 'Ransomware'

[link to www.f-secure.com]
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Yeppers....dats the one that got ME! Real pain in the butt too...

Not being computer savvy I had to purchase a software program to remove it..the good thing is, IT DID!
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yes i picked it up also. mine was the department of justice. it wanted $300.00 to unlock it. i had to take the ether cord from the pc before i could get in safe mode... i ran spybot and also iolo... it said it found something and i put it in vault. then i thought everything was fine and i was able to connect and search like it was knew. i then had avast pop up with a threat but it said it was running in my sandbox and was no threat. a smaller screen popped up with the department of justice and it just froze. then when i tried to reboot it kept saying OS file is missing. do you think my avast took my file out? had to go buy me another pc.... damn virus.
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Re: German federal police are warning about a computer virus that accuses victims of viewing "juvenile pornography"
It also displays an image that it claims reveals images of child sexual abuse have been viewed on a computer.

The Windows virus locks a computer and only returns control to its owner on payment of a 100 euro (£86) fine.

It purports to be collecting cash on behalf of German copyright authorities and the country's national computer security agency.

The virus amounted to "digital extortion" and victims should not pay up, said German police.

The warning about the novel strain of ransomware was issued by Germany's Federal Criminal police office (the Bundeskriminalamt or BKA).

The ransomware version found by the BKA uses a pop-up window that says the machine has been locked down due to "unauthorised network activity". The window is crafted to look like it has been put together by Germany's Federal Office for Information Security (BKI) and its society for prosecution of copyright infringement (GVU).

'Emotional blackmail'
Text in the window claims that images of child sexual abuse as well as pirated content have been found on the machine. Also displayed is an picture of a child which it claims reveals illegal images have been viewed.

Rik Ferguson, director of security research at Trend Micro, said it was the first time he had heard of ransomware displaying images that users were accused of harbouring.

"It seems that they are attempting to increase the pressure of this kind of emotional blackmail," he told the BBC.

Read more [link to www.bbc.co.uk]
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Only time I got this virus was while on THIS SITE!!! and that the TRUTH!
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Only time I got this virus was while on THIS SITE!!! and that the TRUTH!
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you do realize that just because it popped up while you were on this site doesn't mean that it came from this site, correct?
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Re: German federal police are warning about a computer virus that accuses victims of viewing "juvenile pornography"
It also displays an image that it claims reveals images of child sexual abuse have been viewed on a computer.

The Windows virus locks a computer and only returns control to its owner on payment of a 100 euro (£86) fine.

It purports to be collecting cash on behalf of German copyright authorities and the country's national computer security agency.

The virus amounted to "digital extortion" and victims should not pay up, said German police.

The warning about the novel strain of ransomware was issued by Germany's Federal Criminal police office (the Bundeskriminalamt or BKA).

The ransomware version found by the BKA uses a pop-up window that says the machine has been locked down due to "unauthorised network activity". The window is crafted to look like it has been put together by Germany's Federal Office for Information Security (BKI) and its society for prosecution of copyright infringement (GVU).

'Emotional blackmail'
Text in the window claims that images of child sexual abuse as well as pirated content have been found on the machine. Also displayed is an picture of a child which it claims reveals illegal images have been viewed.

Rik Ferguson, director of security research at Trend Micro, said it was the first time he had heard of ransomware displaying images that users were accused of harbouring.

"It seems that they are attempting to increase the pressure of this kind of emotional blackmail," he told the BBC.

Read more [link to www.bbc.co.uk]
 Quoting: smilesun


Interesting.
It uses FLASH to gain access to your camera and microphone.

I have been telling people for YEARS to not allow FLASH to run.
Massive security hole.

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The virus is a total joke. I had this issue come into our IT department about 3 weeks ago. It was a simple edit to the registry and had it fixed in maybe 30 minutes.
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If it was a serious threat I would consider it cyber war for asking for their own gold back
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I read this thread this morning and an hour later I was locked out of my pc. wtf just finished reformatting because nothing else worked. My antimalware wasnt recent and it kept hanging up reinstalling update, tried to restore pc to earlier and it also hung up so reformatted.

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