The rampant spread of ransomware in North America and Europe has stigmatized the everyday life of computer users, trailblazing the path for newly formed ransomware such as the Ukash virus that takes on the name of the Ukash online money transfer system.
Ukash viruses have been around since 2011 and have since added more and more infections to the vastly spread faction of ransomware. A dozen other different viruses are linked to the Ukash name, despite the fact that many of them also use the names of other similar money transfer service providers, such as the green dot MoneyPak and Paysafecard. These systems are extremely difficult to track which is why their creators can exercise them for their malignant intentions without a chance of probable detection. Profit is thus generated by cyber criminals by using such infections as FBI Moneypak, which targets US residents.
The tremendously successful ransomware infection can be traced to the beginning of 2012, and since then it has duped thousands of unsuspecting computer owners into thinking that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had been monitoring their systems and their activities.
The Ukash Virus is characterized by its use of official police logos and threatening language in order to convince its victims that Ukash Virus is in fact a message displayed by the targeted country's police force. Although the Ukash Virus appears to have originated in the Russian Federation, its main targets are the various European countries. There are dozens of variants of the Ukash Virus, each targeting a specific country. Some examples of country-specific variants of the Ukash Virus include the Scotland Yards Ukash Virus, the Metropolitan Police Ukash Virus and the Strathclyde Police Ukash Virus (all three targeting computer systems in the United Kingdom,) or the Fake Federal German Police (BKA) Notice and the 'Die offizielle Mitteilung des Bundeskriminalamtes' fake message infection (both targeting computer systems in Germany). Variants of the Ukash Virus have been spotted for most countries in Europe, including Spain, Italy, France, The Netherlands and Belgium.
Viruses such as these take on a similar method of introduction. It causes the registry to be modified in order to block access to the system. The infected computers' owner is then presented with a fictitious ransomware message, and he or she is incapable of doing anything else but reading the "warning."
"... your emails contain terrorist materials. This locking serves to stop your illegal activity... To release a lock your computer you should pay the fine in amount of $100. In the case of ignoring the payment, the program will remove illegal materials while keeping your personal information is not guaranteed."
"The downloading of copyrighted songs via the Internet or music-sharing networks is illegal and is in accordance with Section 106 of the Copyright Act subject to a fine or imprisonment for a penalty of up to 3 years."
"Your PC is blocked due to at least one of the reasons specified below.
You have been violation Copyright and Related Rights Law (Video, Music, Software) and illegally using or distributing copyrighted contents, thus infringing Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8, also known as the Copyright of the Criminal Code of the United States of America. The Criminal Code provides for a fine of two to five hundred minimal wages or a deprivation of liberty for two to eight years.
To unlock the computer, you must pay the fine through Moneypak of $200."
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