Scam Of The Week: “You Accessed Illegal Content”

Scam Of The Week: “You Accessed Illegal Content”

By Stu Sjouwerman, for Security Awareness Training

There is a significant uptick in a ransomware attack that declares a law enforcement agency has determined that a computer with the victim’s IP address has accessed child pornography and other illegal content.

Moreover, this scam uses the good name of the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) to lure the victim to a drive-by download website, which in turn installs the ransomware on the victim’s computer, and tries to extort money.

As you well know, cyber criminals use social engineering to make people click on links to ‘prevent a negative consequence’. To trick users to click this latest version of the malware claims that the victim’s computer activity is being recorded using audio, video, and other devices.

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