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Warning: Computer virus using FBI logo to extort money from users

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FBI Moneypak virus is the fastest spreading computer plaque these days , infecting a large number of computers each day . Around a year ago , FBI put their hands on the rogue antivirus scammers , which brought about an enormous decrease in malware business for some time . Cyber scammers appeared to throw in the towel on producing fake antivirus computer software , however these days new malware code is present online and this time it can be a great deal more dangerous than before . FBI Moneypak ransomware is the flagman of these newer infections . This virus is infecting computer end users principally in United States .

FBI Moneypak is deeply concealed in presumably safe applications such as flash updates , video codes , free music websites , even a number of fun applications like life wallpapers and more . Additionally , it could be installed on your machine when you visit a completely legitimate , but hacked website . If you frequently visit and utilize P2P networks , torrent and warez sites then chances for you to be victimized by FBI Moneypak are great . As soon as installed on the victim’s computer , FBI Moneypak scam locks down the computer and informs that the owner of the PC was involved with downloading copyrighted materials , viewing child pornography , as well as other illegal things . The message reads that you have to send a fine of $100 ( a few variations claim $200 ) via MoneyPak payment system or else you’ll be sentenced to prison in next 72 hours . FBI Moneypak virus is a ransomware ( malware that locks the affected computer and extorts the user for cash ) and most people easily get frightened once they see a notice that is coming from FBI .

With the aid of a Trojan called WinLocker, FBI Moneypak virus literally locks your pc. Your desktop, programs and documents will be completely unavailable to you. You can not even run Task Manager, which includes the ability to kill running processes. You simply remain with an FBI Moneypak page, extorting you to pay the $100 get-out-of-the-jail fee As quick as possible. The things have become worse the latest FBI Moneypak version. Two weeks ago it had been possible to break this ransomware by booting the machine in Safe Mode. Then you could launch everything needed to gather Moneypack’s executables and to clean the registry from its malicious entries. Unfortunately, the most recent Moneypak scam runs in Safe Mode too, thus making impossible for anyone to disable it.

Malware gangs went even further in their criminal activities – they equipped FBI Moneypak scam with a webcam component. For those who have a functioning webcam, you’ll see yourself in the Moneypak screen, and the malware will scare you that it is recording everything! This looks really scary, but people should not bother at all – everything is fake. Still lots of internet users are actually falling for this scam.

Last of the Moneypack’s weapons against you is to disable (even delete) your antivirus software. Security experts found that it successfully disables Malwarebytes and AVG. That means that Moneypak virus can infect your computer even if you have a running antivirus program. Here is the good news. You can find a malware removing tool that can successfully remove even that FBI Moneypak version.  Use this Google search to find the tools and instructions to remove the FBI Moneypak virus from your computer.  remove fbi moneypak virus

Or you can always contact CDA Tech Pros to remove it for you.

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Henry Sapiecha

Email CEO scams costs companies $2bn

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Scams  where criminals impersonate the email accounts of chief executives have cost businesses globally  more than $2bn in around two years, says the US Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The FBI has seen a sharp increase in “business email crime,” a simple scam that is also known as “CEO fraud”, with more than 12,000 victims affected internationally

In this scam, a criminal mimics a chief executive’s email account and directs an employee to wire money to an overseas bank account. By the time the company sees it has been duped, the money has vanished.

The average loss is $120,000 but some companies have been tricked into sending as much as $90m to offshore accounts, US authorities say.

Reports of CEO fraud are on the increase. Between October 2013 and August 2015, about $1.2bn globally was lost to the scheme, the FBI said, but that loss increased by another $800m in the past six months. US authorities have traced the money involved to 108 countries.

“Criminals don’t have borders and this is a global problem,” said James Barnacle, chief of the FBI’s money laundering unit. “We’re working with our criminal investigation resources, our cyber resources, our international operations divisions — which is all our legal attachés overseas — and we’re working with foreign partners around the world to try to tackle this crime problem.”

The rise in reported CEO frauds can be partly attributed to companies detecting the crime, but it also reflects the simple nature of the scheme that can be run from anywhere around the globe.

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“It’s easy. All you need is a computer,” Mr Barnacle said.

Most of the offshore bank accounts in which the money ends up are located in Asia or Africa, where it can be harder for the US to gain the assistance of local authorities.

The FBI has seen similarities between different CEO fraud schemes but it is not clear if there is one dominant global ring.

“We’re putting more resource to it. We’re trying to find those patterns,” Mr Barnacle said.

The FBI advises companies to be more guarded with their information even if it means taking additional steps that are not cost-effective, such as making a phone call to the executive to confirm the transfer.

The crime has hit very large companies and small ones. Most recently, there have been new reports in the US of criminals targeting real estate firms to steal closing fees on housing sales. Some companies have been asked by imposters to email employee wage and tax statements.

Last year police from Italy, Spain and other European countries arrested more than 60 members of an alleged criminal group, including several Nigerians, for their role in an email fraud scheme that affected hundreds of individuals and tens of companies.

Still, few cases have been made, reflecting the challenges of combating international cyber crimes.

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Henry Sapiecha

The Nigerian prince scam will never die.There is always a fool to fall 4 it

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The Nigerian prince scam will never die. It’s lasted in various forms for decades now, but the latest iteration is downright amazing. Can’t you give $US3 million to help a Nigerian astronaut get home from his secret space mission?

You know how these scams work by now: an email says that someone is in prison unjustly/kidnapped/exiled. They’re rich, but they can’t get to their money right now. If you help them out, they will reward you once they’re free. Of course, what actually happens is they run off with the money and you’re left feeling like a sucker.

This email, which Anorak posted in full, is a true gem of the genre. The pathos! The storytelling! The use of a real government website! Here’s the setup:

REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE-STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL

I am Dr. Bakare Tunde, the cousin of Nigerian Astronaut, Air Force Major Abacha Tunde. He was the first African in space when he made a secret flight to the Salyut 6 space station in 1979. He was on a later Soviet spaceflight, Soyuz T-16Z to the secret Soviet military space station Salyut 8T in 1989. He was stranded there in 1990 when the Soviet Union was dissolved. His other Soviet crew members returned to earth on the Soyuz T-16Z, but his place was taken up by return cargo. There have been occasional Progrez supply flights to keep him going since that time. He is in good humour, but wants to come home.

The details are amazing. First of all, the secret nature of his mission explains why no one’s ever heard of the man stranded in space for over a decade. Second of all, he’s been in “good humour” despite being left behind by the Russians in favour of cargo. Nice play on people’s distrust of Russians, anonymous internet scammer.

Here’s the vital “give us money” part:

In the 14-years since he has been on the station, he has accumulated flight pay and interest amounting to almost $ 15,000,000 American Dollars. This is held in a trust at the Lagos National Savings and Trust Association. If we can obtain access to this money, we can place a down payment with the Russian Space Authorities for a Soyuz return flight to bring him back to Earth. I am told this will cost $ 3,000,000 American Dollars. In order to access the his trust fund we need your assistance.

Consequently, my colleagues and I are willing to transfer the total amount to your account or subsequent disbursement, since we as civil servants are prohibited by the Code of Conduct Bureau (Civil Service Laws) from opening and/ or operating foreign accounts in our names.

Needless to say, the trust reposed on you at this juncture is enormous. In return, we have agreed to offer you 20 per cent of the transferred sum, while 10 per cent shall be set aside for incidental expenses (internal and external) between the parties in the course of the transaction. You will be mandated to remit the balance 70 per cent to other accounts in due course.

Leaving aside the part where this is obviously bullshit, does anyone believe the Nigerian government actually paid enough for this dude to have $US15 million sitting around in a bank account, even with interest? There are a lot of numbers and names thrown about this section to lull you into believing them.

Based on the timeline, this email says he’s been stuck on the station since 1990 for “14-years”. Which means this solicitation, if real, would have to come from 2004. We don’t know why it’s just landing online now, but we hope it’s real. It could be a very ingenious prank. Or a parody. It straddles that line brilliantly. Some parts are so outlandish I can’t believe anyone would try this, but then I remembered that the original Nigerian prince version of this scam was equally ridiculous. And so was its 18th century predecessor, the Spanish prisoner scam.

Never fall for it when someone offers you something for the return of someone that you’ve never heard of. Especially in this day and age, when a simple internet search should help you out.

Regardless, I’ve got a bridge on Mars I need to go buy.

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Henry Sapiecha