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Net Virus Publishes Browsing History and Demands Payment For Removal
engine




msg:4116828
 11:40 am on Apr 16, 2010 (gmt 0)

Net Virus Publishes Browsing History and Demands Payment For Removal [news.bbc.co.uk]
A new type of malware infects PCs using file-share sites and publishes the user's net history on a public website before demanding a fee for its removal.

The Japanese trojan virus installs itself on computers using a popular file-share service called Winni, used by up to 200m people.



Masquerading as a game installation screen, it requests the PC owner's personal details.

It then takes screengrabs of the user's web history and publishes it online in their name, before sending an e-mail or pop-up screen demanding a credit card payment of 1500 yen (10) to "settle your violation of copyright law" and remove the webpage.


 

weeks




msg:4116857
 1:03 pm on Apr 16, 2010 (gmt 0)

Yikes! Then everyone here would know I'm Bill Gates.

StoutFiles




msg:4116862
 1:22 pm on Apr 16, 2010 (gmt 0)

Yikes! Then everyone here would know I'm Steve Jobs.

Old_Honky




msg:4116863
 1:24 pm on Apr 16, 2010 (gmt 0)

Yikes! Then everyone would be bored silly.

Webwork




msg:4116883
 2:15 pm on Apr 16, 2010 (gmt 0)

One more blow to John Doe's already sullied reputation.

What more, John Doe?! What more!

tonynoriega




msg:4116913
 2:55 pm on Apr 16, 2010 (gmt 0)

Yikes! Then everyone would know im Ron Jeremy.

Strapworks




msg:4116946
 3:47 pm on Apr 16, 2010 (gmt 0)

Yikes! Then everyone would know im your MOM!

engine




msg:4116961
 4:00 pm on Apr 16, 2010 (gmt 0)

Yikes! Just Yikes!

From a privacy point of view, this is just awful, not to mention the extortion.

outland88




msg:4117041
 6:06 pm on Apr 16, 2010 (gmt 0)

Reading that article it seems that the virus is targeting illegal download sites and the people that use them. Maybe we need more viruses like this.

tkwg




msg:4117057
 7:00 pm on Apr 16, 2010 (gmt 0)

Yeah outland, because mass extortion isn't a criminal offense punishable by jail time at all!
/sarcasm

Fribble




msg:4117190
 2:58 am on Apr 17, 2010 (gmt 0)

If you're dumb enough to knowingly pirate something, and then type your real name into it when asked, then you should be required by law to wear a football helmet, mouthpiece and pads at all times.

outland88




msg:4117204
 4:01 am on Apr 17, 2010 (gmt 0)

tkwg, You gotta admit thieves stealing from thieves on illegal download sites is a little amusing. Err, I was purchasing a license to receive stolen goods and low and behold they stole from me. Justice comes in all shapes.

The big picture though is more and more cc information is being stolen than ever.

Lexur




msg:4117215
 5:43 am on Apr 17, 2010 (gmt 0)

Looking the bright side, it means ROI of standard spam/scam systems is declining and the bad boys are looking for new business models.

HRoth




msg:4117256
 9:14 am on Apr 17, 2010 (gmt 0)

I came across a site that was doing something similar without any virus a few years ago. It would harvest emails from livejournal and then put them up on a website dedicated to pictures of gay men without clothing on. You had to pay to have it removed. So yeah, it's extortion.

RonPK




msg:4117722
 5:58 pm on Apr 18, 2010 (gmt 0)

Just follow the money, dear Watson.

Sgt_Kickaxe




msg:4119004
 6:41 pm on Apr 20, 2010 (gmt 0)

Just yikes.

bsisec




msg:4121482
 11:01 pm on Apr 24, 2010 (gmt 0)

I have had a few friends hit with this already. I run linux boxes mainly but still need to watch out no matter what you are running.

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