The FBI is warning the public of a new “drive-by” virus that is sending fake messages that appear to be from federal agencies.
The virus is called Reveton ransomware. Investigators consider it a “drive-by” virus because it can installs on computers simply by clicking on an infected website
The Reveton virus sends a false message claim the Federal Bureau of Investigations or the Department of Justice has identified that site as being associated with child pornography or other illegal online activity. The malware claims the only way to fix the freeze is to pay a fine using a prepaid money card service.
“We’re getting inundated with complaints,” said Donna Gregory of the Internet Crime Complaint Center.