'Cyber Security Warning' Scam Message Description
The 'Cyber Security Warning' scam message can appear on your screen when you are infected with adware and click on corrupted links. Adware may have entered your CP with a free software bundle that you installed with the 'Express' and 'Typical' option. The 'Cyber Security Warning' scam message is used by fake technical support companies to scare users and attempt to convince them that they have committed a cyber crime. The 'Cyber Security Warning' screen is known to feature the following text:
'YOUR COMPUTER HAS BEEN LOCKED!
Your computer has been locked due to violation of the cyber security Act of 2016 (SCA 2016, A. 2077) of the United States Of America. Your IP address was used to visit websites containing Virus, Malware, Trojan and Key Logger. Your computer also contains files that have infected with a virus. Spam-messages which contains virus were also sent from your computer.
The computer lock is aimed to stop your illegal activity.
To Unlock The Computer Please Call Support At +1-844-245-8878
And Ask For The Activation Key From Our Support Specialist.
Please call our support immediately otherwise all your Files & Data will be deleted from your computer.
You must call the support at +1-844-245-8878 to get your computer unlocked. Please do not attempt to shutdown or restart your computer, doing that may lead to data loss and identity theft as illegal activity has been initiated from your computer without your knowledge or consent, your PC may be infected by malware; thus you are violating the law of Neglectful Use of Personal Computer.
All suspicious files from your computer were transmitted to a special server and shall be used as evidence. Don't try to corrupt any data or unblock your computer in an unauthorized way.
In order to resolve the situation in an above-mentioned way you should call our support immediately. Please call support specialist at Toll-Free +1-844-245-8878 And Get Your Computer Unlocked!'
The websites hosting the 'Cyber Security Warning' message changes a lot to avoid detection by AV apps and Web filters. Computer users that notice the 'Cyber Security Warning' screen loading in their browser may be presented with a notification that pretends to come from your local cyber crime investigation agency. The 'Cyber Security Warning' notification box might say:
'A Suspicious Connection Was Trying to Access Your Logins, Banking Details & Tracking Your Internet Activity.
Security Center & Firewall Services are Disabled, Error code 0x8007042c;
Your TCP Connection Was Blocked by Your Firewall. Your Accounts May be Suspended Until You Take an Action. Your Personal Information May Have Leaked. IMMEDIATE RESPONSE REQUIRED
Your Hard Disk May Have Trojan Virus! Please Do Not Try to Fix Manually, It May Crash Your Data.
Please Visit Your Nearest Service Center OR Call Help Desk+1-844-245-8878'
Experts advise users to remain calm and not trust the 'Cyber Security Warning' message. The 'Cyber Security Warning' screen may include information like your IP address, approximate location, and Internet Server Provider to fool users into thinking that someone is monitoring their PCs remotely. However, your IP and ISP are public information that is exchanged between your browser and servers on the Internet to download and upload data.
What is illegal here are the services provided on the phone lines promoted on the 'Cyber Security Warning' scam message. Con artists design and operate fake customer support agencies to lure users into paying hundreds of dollars for removal of threats that are not on their PCs. We recommend users to close new tabs, pop-ups, and notifications related to the 'Cyber Security Warning' scam. You should use an anti-spyware tool to clean your machine from adware and badware that may generate phishing content in your browser.