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IC3 Intelligence Note: Ransomware Uses IC3 Name to Extort Victims

by NW3C | Nov 30, 2012
Latest twist in ransomware scheme has cyber crooks using the IC3 name to lure victims.

A new extortion technique is being deployed by cyber-criminals using the Citadel malware platform to deliver Reveton ransomware. The latest version of the ransomware uses the name of the Internet Crime Complaint Center to frighten victims into sending money to the perpetrators.

As described in prior alerts on this malware, it lures the victim to a drive-by download website, at which time the ransomware is installed on the user's computer. Once installed, the computer freezes and a screen is displayed warning the user they have violated United States Federal Law. To unlock the computer, the user is instructed to pay a fine using prepaid money card services.

Below is a screenshot of the new variation:

ic3-reveton-screen-capture

To read the full alert, click here.

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