'Internet Crime Complaint Center Ransomware' Details
The ‘Internet Crime Complaint Center’ Ransomware Trojan is a dangerous malware infection that blocks access to the victim’s computer and then demands a ransom from the affected computer user. There are numerous variants of this kind of ransomware Trojan. However, the ‘Internet Crime Complaint Center’ Ransomware has caught the attention of ESG security researchers because the ‘Internet Crime Complaint Center’ Ransomware demands a ransom that is significantly higher than the amount that other ransomware Trojans ask from the victim. While most ransomware infections ask for the payment of a fine of one hundred dollars (or two hundred dollars in rare cases), the ‘Internet Crime Complaint Center’ Ransomware demands that the victim pay an exorbitant amount of five hundred dollars!
Ironically, the fact that the ‘Internet Crime Complaint Center’ Ransomware demands a higher amount may make this attack more convincing than its more affordable variants. This is because the ‘Internet Crime Complaint Center’ Ransomware claims that the victim’s computer was involved on some very serious crimes (such as viewing child pornography). The lower ransom amount did not match the severity of these supposed crimes – of course, neither does the fact that the victim’s computer is supposedly blocked by the police.
‘Internet Crime Complaint Center’ Ransomware displays a fake message from the ‘Internet Crime Complaint Center’, a supposed branch of the FBI. This message claims that the victim’s computer was involved in criminal activity and that access to it was blocked by the police until a fine of five hundred dollars is paid. The ‘Internet Crime Complaint Center’ Ransomware demands payment of its fine through MoneyPak, an online payment system used in North America. It uses a Winlocker component to block access to the victim’s computer and to security software installed on the infected computer.
To remove the ‘Internet Crime Complaint Center’ Ransomware from your computer, it is necessary to gain access to your security software. To do this, we advise using an alternate boot method to start up Windows. It is also necessary to make sure that your security application is fully up-to-date. More advanced computer users may be able to remove the ‘Internet Crime Complaint Center’ Ransomware Trojan manually by accessing the Windows Registry from the Command Prompt, which is accessible by starting up Windows in Safe Mode.
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As new Internet Crime Complaint Center Ransomware details are reported by our customers and findings from our Threat Research Center, we will update this section.
Fake message for Internet Crime Complaint Center Ransomware:
The following fake error message(s) appears for Internet Crime Complaint Center Ransomware:
Internet Crime Complaint Center
Department of Federal Bureau of Investigation
All activity of this computer is being recorded using audio, video and other devices.
Saved data will be used for identification.
Illegal activity report is sent to government agencies.
Threat of prosecution reminder
You have been violating Copyright and Related Rights Law (Video, Music, Software) and illegally using or distributing copyrighted content, thus infringing Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8, also known as the Copyright of the Criminal Code of United States of America. Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8 of the Criminal Code provides for a fine of two to five hundred minimal wages or a deprivation of liberty for two to eight years.
You have been viewing or distributing prohibited pornographic content (child porn, zoofilia, etc.) thus violating article 202 of the Criminal Code of the United States of America. Article 202 of the Criminal Code provides for a deprivation of liberty for four to twelve years.
Pursuant to the amendment to the Criminal Code of the United States of America of May 28, 2011, this law infringement (if it is not repeated first time) may be considered as conditional in case you pay the fine to the State.
Fines may only be paid within 72 hours after the infringement. As soon as 72 hours elapse, the possibility to pay the fine expires, and a criminal case is initiated.