What is the FBI Moneypak Ransomware Virus?
Commonly referred to as the FBI Virus, this virus is a custom ransomware. The purpose of this ransomware is to hold the computer user’s system hostage and falsely report seizure of the user’s computer by the FBI. The FBI Moneypak Ransomware Virus’ intent is to scare the computer user into paying a “fine” to “unblock” the PC.
Machines infected with this virus will display warnings that illegal files (like child porn or distributed copyrighted materials) have been found on the user’s system and in order to take the “lock” off the computer a penalty and fee must be paid. Most times the fee is around $300 and the message shown to the computer user will include instructions on how to pay to remove the lock within a certain time frame. If this penalty is not paid the computer user is told that he or she may be convicted and thrown in jail.
The claims made by this ransomware are not true but to a user who has been infected with this virus, it can look very real. Often times the FBI Moneypak Ransomware Virus will attempt to access a video camera on the user’s system and take a picture to display in the “official” FBI warning screen (similar to one of the images shown below).