Mon, Jul 15 2013 14:39
Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) Ransomware
The Serios Organised Crime Agency Ransomware is part of
family of computer infections that targets computers in the United
Kingdom and locks you out of your Windows desktop. Please note that
Serious and was misspelled by the malware developers on the lock screen.
When infected, you will be shown a lock screen when you login to
Windows that requires you to pay a ransom before you will be allowed to
access your computer normally. This ransomware pretends to be a joint
effort between the Serious Organized Crime Agency (SOCA), the British
Metropolitan Police, Police Central e-crime Unit, Cheshire Constabulary,
and Interpol to block computers that have been involved in illegal
cyber activity related to pornography and copyrighted content. This
activity includes the distribution of pornography, copyrighted files, or
computer viruses. It goes on to state that you need to pay a fine in
the amount of £100 within 48 hours or you will face legal prosecution.
It is important to note that this is a computer infection and you are
not actually being targeted by these agencies.
Filed under: Malware Removal Guide