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Whistleblowers' Lawyer Finds Malware On Hard Disk Planted By Police

Whistleblowers' Lawyer Finds Malware On Hard Disk Planted By Police

April 16, 2015Mohit Kumar
An Arkansas lawyer representing three police whistleblowers has claimed that the law enforcement officials at the Fort Smith Police Department (FSPD) tried to infect his computer with Trojan viruses in order to spy on their legal opponents. What’s the issue? A lawyer Matthew Campbell of the Pinnacle Law Firm in North Little Rock is representing Don Paul Bales, Rick Entmeier, and Wendall Sampson, current and former officers of the Fort Smith Police Department in the lawsuit since January 2014. The three whistleblowers exposed some frauds within the corrupt department, and, therefore, the police have illegally investigated them. " Since July 2013, the plaintiffs have been the target of nearly two dozen various investigations , Campbell told the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette. " [This range] from accusations that they misspent FSPD funds to allegations that they were impugning the FSPD on Facebook. " What happened? Campbell provided a blank ha
17-Year-Old Hanged Himself After Receiving Police Ransomware Threat Email

17-Year-Old Hanged Himself After Receiving Police Ransomware Threat Email

January 23, 2015Mohit Kumar
Ransomware  malware threat has forced somebody for the terrible suicide and once again has marked its history by somebody’s blood. Sad, but it’s True! Joseph Edwards , a 17-year-old schoolboy from Windsor, Berkshire, hanged himself after receiving a bogus email appeared to be from police claiming that he'd been spotted browsing illegal websites and that a fine of 100 pound needed to be paid in order to stop the police from pursuing him. The scam email pushed the well-known Police Ransomware onto the boy’s laptop and also downloaded malware that locked up his system once it was opened. Edwards was an A-level student with Autism, a developmental disability, that likely made him more susceptible to believing the Internet scam mail, supposedly sent from from Cheshire police, was genuine, a coroner heard on Thursday. Edwards was so upset and depressed by the accusation and the extortionate demand that he hanged himself hours after falling victim to the crucial threat. He was foun
Go Daddy Sites Serve Up Ransomware Malware

Go Daddy Sites Serve Up Ransomware Malware

November 27, 2012Mohit Kumar
Domain name registrar and website hosting provider Go Daddy is responding to a DNS attack targeting a "small number" of its hosted websites that one security firm said is enabling cyber criminals to spread ransomware.  The DNS (Domain Name System) is what transfers host-names into IP addresses, meaning computers can talk to each other and users can access them online. Godaddy said, " We suspect that the affected customers have been phished or their home machines have been affected by Cool Exploit as we have confirmed that this is not a vulnerability in the My Account or DNS management systems. " The Cool Exploit Kit targets a variety of vulnerabilities, including Java errors, and has been seen spreading via drive-by attack websites. The ransomware served depends on the country of origin. In the UK, it is malware posing as a legitimate message from the Met’s Police e-Crime Unit (PCeU). It locks the computer, on the grounds that the computer was guilt
Latest Java vulnerability exploitation leads to ransomware

Latest Java vulnerability exploitation leads to ransomware

November 10, 2012Mohit Kumar
Imagine someone getting access to your computer, encrypting all your family photos and other priceless files, and then demanding a ransom for their safe return. That is what ransomware is all about. Symantec’s latest research report suggests police-themed ransomware could be a replacement to the once-lucrative fake antivirus scareware trade. According to  report , Ransomware distributors are raking in around $5 million dollars a year and the spoils are being spread among just 16 crime groups. Symantec’s estimates suggest a significant but not yet thriving crime business, which delivers each operation, on average, $300,000 a year. Reticently identified Oracle Java SE Remote Java Run time Environment vulnerability (  CVE-2012-5076 ) leads to  Geo located   Ransomware Malware . Java vulnerability actually can allows attacker to unauthorized disclosure of information, unauthorized modification and disruption of service. This Ransomware shows a bogus notification, that preten
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