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June Pelo
05-08-13, 23:01
Our local news reports increased activity in computer viruses, especially ransomware.... computer messages which attempt to extort money. Residents are receiving official-looking FBI warnings about locking their computer because of distribution of copyrighted material or pornographic content, and alerts from Windows about expired licensing agreements. Also one from Norton Support, which attempted to extort $200 from one man. These messages claim they've locked the computer and won't unlock it until a fine or "ransom" is paid. Computer experts say we shouldn't pay the ransom, but instead take the computer to a computer professional to remove the virus. And they also said that software companies such as Windows and Norton don't make contact by phone, and license agreements don't expire. Computer ransom incidents should be reported to the FBI at: www.ic3.gov