FBI! Don’t move!

Perhaps that’s the phrase that comes to our minds, when we hear the word FBI – the formidable law enforcement you don’t to mess with. And even though FBI does have a lot of to do with computer security, in this case, the FBI I want to talk about is not something you’d prefer on your doorstop. FBI Moneypak is an annoying computer infection that can and does hold the computer hostage until the poor user pays ransom money. Now, unless you remove FBI Moneypak from your system, you’re gonna suffer long and hard from this infection.

Fortunately, unlike other malicious infections that are trying to hide the fact they’re already in your computer, FBI Moneypak does announce its presence quite boldly. Check out the pop-up message from the infection below:

ATTENTION!
Location: United States
IPS: GTS Central Europe

Your PC is blocked due to at least one of the specified reasons below.
You have been violating Copyright and Related Right Live (Videos, Music, Software) and illegally using or distributing copyrighted content, thus infringing Article 1, Section B, Clause B, also known as the Criminal Code of United States of America […]
To unlock the computer, you must pay the fine through MoneyPak of 100$ […]
When you pay the fine, your PC will get unlocked in 1 to 48 hours after the money is put into the State’s account.
In case an error occurs, you’ll have to send the code by email […]

Sounds intimidating, doesn’t it? FBI Moneypak wants the user to think that he has committed some sort of a cyber-crime for which his computer has been locked and he will be able to resume his usual computer activities only if he pays the fine for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Well, isn’t that a pretty lie, or what? The worst part about paying the $100 fine is that along with your money you would give away the important financial information (like your credit card number). With that kind of data in hand cyber criminals behind FBI Moneypak are crafty enough to be able to access your bank account and… SURPRISE SURPRISE,  steal all of your money!!

Thus, we reach a conclusion that in order to keep your computer and your money safe out of the criminal reach you have to erase FBI Moneypak from your system as soon as possible. As manual removal is something even I cringe at (it’s so bothersome), I’d recommend terminating the infection with a reliable security tool you acquire online. Otherwise, who knows how long it takes until FBI Moneypak cripples your system completely. Kill it before it is too late.

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