FBI Anti Piracy Warning is one more version of ransomware that uses Federal Bureau of Investigation name and logo for criminal purposes. Even though there are many this type of viruses programmed and probably you have at least one acquaintance that had to deal with it, people still fall for this scam. There are two main reasons why scammers get their money: part of their victims truly believes they breached the laws and pay the fine, others might pay because they think it will be easier to fix a computer this way rather than take it to a specialist.
Let’s have a more detailed look at FBI Anti Piracy Warning virus. As soon as it infects a computer, it blocks the screen by showing a window with the message:
FBI Anti-Piracy Warning
All activity of this computer has been recorded.
If you use a webcam, videos and pictures were saved for future identifications.
Your Computer has been locked!
Illegal downloaded material (MP3′s, Movies or Software) has been located on your computer.
Unlock your computer:
To unlock your computer and yo avoid other legal consequences you are obligated to pay a fine of $400. Payment of the fine is done by GreenDot MoneyPak payment voucher. After payment is made your computer will be unlocked and legal actions will not be taken.
Failure to comply with FBI Anti-Piracy warnings could result in criminal charges and possible imprisonment up to 3 years in country jail.
If your computer has a webcam installed, you will see it turned on and your picture included in the message to strengthen the feeling of fear. The text says that any video and photo data will be used for your identification.
There is no need to tell that you should not pay the money. First of all FBI Anti Piracy Warning is a scam and has nothing to do with such governmental institutions like FBI itself. Secondly, paying the money will not remove infection. Even though one needs to know several tricks in order to remove FBI Anti Piracy Warning, there are reputable antimalware tools and instructions available on the Internet. For the future note that none of governmental/official institutions collect payments using prepaid payment systems (like Ukash). If you see this type of fine payment, it is a clear sign of a scam.