NSA-themed ransomware leverages public concern over privacy

By Shawn Knight
Sep 21, 2013
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  1. A variant of ransomware making the rounds aims to leverage the public’s increasing concern with regard to the NSA’s recently declassified PRISM surveillance program. Upon infection, the ransomware will lock down a computer’s web browser and display a warning message...

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  2. Khanonate

    Khanonate TS Booster Posts: 126   +15

    Ok, ok, I'll pay! :)
  3. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,750   +1,105

    Actually the govt lets you buy your way out of crimes all the time. They're called citations and they're a step down from misdemeanors. Here is Wisconsin you can buy your way out of your first 3 drunk driving offenses.

    The real give-a-way is the $300 charge. The govt would never have such a round number. They always charge you like $141.60 for a speeding ticket or something obscure. And if the govt lets you pay online, there would be a $2 'convenience' fee. Clearly the authors of this site have never gotten a citation in America.
    wastedkill likes this.
  4. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,620   +376

    You never know... maybe the NSA might start doing this for revenue? It's not beneath them...
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  5. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,476   +2,034

    Here in South Africa you simply pay the officer who pulls you over a $10 bribe for a traffic violation (inc. DUI) and you simply drive away. How convenient is that?
  6. The convenience of paying $10 for driving drunk is irrelevant, that's a stupid crime that you should actually be punished for. However the way in which justice is served (at least in the USA), is partially responsible for this kind of scam's effectiveness. In my book, dealing with the law is equivalent to Russian roulette and people want nothing to do with it, even if they've done nothing wrong and can prove it.

    How sad is that?

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