Mon, Jul 15 2013 14:39 Don

Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) Ransomware

The Serios Organised Crime Agency Ransomware is part of the Troj/Urausy Ransomware 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.

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