Monday, September 03, 2012

New computer virus

The FBI warns that a new virus attacks when you visit an infected website. Unlike traditional viruses, "Reveton" does not need the user to open a specific file or email attachment. When infected, the computer freezes. A message appears indicating it is from the FBI and that the computer has been identified as being used to commit cyber crimes and/or illegally downloading music or other programs. The message levies a “fine” against the user that must be paid in order for the freeze to be lifted.

“This is a new twist on the online scams we see every day,” said Bill Thomas, president/CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Central Indiana. “Most online scams try to trick the user into either divulging personal information or paying money for a non existing product or service. In this respect, the Reveton virus is no different. The Reveton virus differentiates itself because it can infect a computer without the user taking any action aside from simply surfing the Internet,” Thomas said. “Nothing needs to be opened, clicked on or downloaded, which makes all of us susceptible to this virus and scam.”

The BBB suggests the following if you are a victim of the Reveton virus: Do not pay any money or provide any personal information. Contact a reputable computer professional to remove Reveton and any related software from your computer. Be aware that even if you are able to unfreeze your computer on your own, the malware may still operate in the background. Certain types of malware have been known to capture personal information such as user names, passwords and credit card numbers through embedded keystroke logging programs.

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