Aussies held to ransom

A few days ago The Sydney Morning Herald reported on the advent of malicious software apparently holding your computer to ransom.

It seems that some computer users receive a message from the Australian Federal Police saying that their computer is locked and a payment is required for unlocking.

The first police-themed ransomware arrived in October in Australia, shortly before the Australian Federal Police (AFP) warned that cybercriminals were using its logo in a scam to trick victims into paying a fraudulent $100 fine for “illegal” online activity.

A spokesperson for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), which operates consumer alert service Scamwatch, told Fairfax that it had received 100 complaints of police ransomware since the Australian-targeted scam first emerged.

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