Internet Crime Complaint Center Virus or Cybercrime Virus is an infection that blocks a computer screen and demands for a ransom to be paid in order to unlock an infected PC. It uses Federal Bureau of Investigation or FBI name for scaring its victims. Moreover it might even use a computer‘s webcam trying to convince that your identity will be disclosed because of the crimes commited.
Once a system is blocked you will see a message informing that federal laws have been violated because of illegal using and distribution of copyrighted content, spamming or similar breach of regulations. For the charges to be removed and a computer unblocked one must pay a fine of $500. Here is an extract from the message displayed by Internet Crime Complaint Center Virus:
Internet Crime Complaint Center
Department of Federal Bureau of Investigation
Threat of prosecution reminder
You have been violating Copyright and Related Rights Law (Video, Music, Software) and illegally using or distributing copyrighted content, thus infringing Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8, also known as the Copyright of the Criminal Code of United States of America. Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8 of the Criminal Code provides for a fine of two to five hundred minimal wages or a deprivation of liberty for two to eight years.
You have been viewing or distributing prohibited pornographic content (child porn, zoofilia, etc.) thus violating article 202 of the Criminal Code of the United States of America. Article 202 of the Criminal Code provides for a deprivation of liberty for four to twelve years.
Many fall for this scam due to the wellthought of psychological techniques that cyber gangs use for tricking people‘s money away. Since prepaid payment systems like Ukash are being used for collecting ransom, it is almost impossible to trace back the dollars. Criminals sell Ukash PIN‘s for a reduced price in black market and this way cash their earnings.
If you got blocked by a ransomware, do not pay the money it asks for. It will only fund more of similar infections worldwide. To remove Cybercrime Virus use instructions available from reputable sites. Note that to get infected with a ransomware all you need to do is to go on a corrupted website. It does not necessary has to be related to adult sex sites. Cyber gangs tend to attack and infiltrate the infection to everyday web pages, such as job search pages or similar.