Major ransomware operation dismantled by authorities

By Rick
Feb 15, 2013
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  1. Authorities have detained 11 individuals thought to be responsible for the proliferation of a nasty "police ransomware" virus which demanded users pay €100 ($135 USD) to re-gain access to their infected PCs. Amongst the 11 caught -- a crew of...

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  2. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    So atleast these guys were caught. Still it kinda boggles the mind that ppl still fall for these scams. Im slightly disturbed that it was in Russia tho. I know that in poorer countries a PC can be a virtual gold mine. I thought Rusia had started getting their stuff straight. Perhaps Im wrong.
  3. Littleczr

    Littleczr TechSpot Booster Posts: 368   +68

    I'm not surprised Russians were involved. Good job.
  4. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,858   +343

    How stupid would you be to actually pay them.
    Everyone should have a techie friend...
  5. A big thank you to law enforcement for stopping this kind of B.S. on the internet. My life has enough problems without trying to be ripped off or scammed (it seems) everywhere you go. Now if we could only get all their money and send them to Singapore for a public caning and then to do their time in a nice South East Asian prison....
  6. David Andrews

    David Andrews Newcomer, in training

    Cleaned one of the kids' laptop of this. Pain in the ***.

    Did those paying the ransom get a clean computer, or the same screwed up computer and ?100 less in the bank?
  7. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    David
    Normally, the scammers leave the malware on the computer. A buddy of mine had it happen ad he stupily paid them to release his computer. Now before this had happend he had bought Norton and had done a update a mere 48hrs before getting the malware. After he paid to get his PC back, he took his computer to a shop and they printed out all the viruses and malware he had. It was about 3 pages. Lesson: Norton, not the best. Lesson #2: NEVER pay them!! A reputable PC shop can charge around 100$ to clean your PC up but they will clean it and give you back a better working computer.
  8. havok585

    havok585 Newcomer, in training Posts: 100   +18

    LE:
    100$ ? are u kiddin' me? I do that, better and faster than a "reputable shop" lmao anytime of day, for less than 20 $ !
  9. You forget that people are usually too embarrassed to go to the "reputable" shop, since there's a good chance they actually caught the virus while browsing porn and clicking on those pesky links to videos and photos, even if it's adult porn.
  10. You all are missing a key fact in your passing judgment against those who pay: Ransomware encrypts the users files, and without an encryption key it does not matter who you take your computer to, all those files are inaccessible. It is that promise of getting the encryption key if they pay that prompts people to pay, and often after they have taken it to a reputable shop and been told that while the shop can clean off the virus there is nothing they can do to unlock the encrypted files.

    So make sure you keep your file backups current, that will minimize a lot of the impact from something like Ransomware.
    Last edited by a moderator: Jul 18, 2014
  11. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,858   +343

    Guest perhaps you should check the time of the last post before you...although that is actually pretty reasonable input.
     


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