Freetard-targeting Trojan seeks to scam scaredycats
BitTorrenters bitten on bum
A sneaky new Trojan attempts to extort money from BitTorrent users under the guise of a fictitious copyright infringement lawsuit.
Malicious pop-up messages generated by the malware, which is being spread via fake files offered up for download through BitTorrent, seeks to bully victims into agreeing to pay out for a "pre-trial settlement" of $400 in order to avoid possible prosecution over supposed copyright piracy violations.
Both the Antipiracy foundation scanners that supposedly identified pirated content on the PCs of targeted individuals and ICPP Foundation "law firm" are fakes.
Infected users receive warnings every time they reboot their system, warns net security firm F-Secure. The scammers have sought to lend credibility to the ruse by setting up an official-looking but bogus website at icpp-online.com, which was taken offline on Monday afternoon.
The domain was registered to "Shoen Overns", using an email address previously associated in the registration of domains associated with the Zeus information-stealing Trojan and Koobface scams.
A new defence!
So now if I do get an infringement letter I can safely ignore it, and if questioned as to why I'll just say that as far as I was concerned it was just another scam email trying to extort money. For once there's a set of cybercrooks I DON'T want to hang!
The cynical amongst us might suggest...
...that the only reason that this is considered a scam is that those involved don't have law degrees.
Because I have more than four braincells
If you use linux you're limiting yourslef in app choices. Lastime I checked ubuntu couldn't run cs4, henceforth I'm out there. And the only reason macs are secure is because they have a fairly small market share, couppled with a hideousley locked down and crippled os. (Yes I know I'll be flamed for this, but hey I'm an anon coward).
Therefore I conclude that windows is the only os that is supported, with enough features to be productive.