A new computer virus is locking up computer across the Treasure Valley. This upgraded version of the FBI Reveton virus is being called the Ashish Verma, it holds computers hostage until a ransom is paid via wire transfer.
While using the computer, a screen suddenly pops up declaring that you’re in violation of Homeland Security and that you are going to be charged under specific subsections of a law that doesn’t exist.
It has the exact logos and wording that makes it sound official, but at the end declares that you would only be charged with a misdemeanor if you pay off a $300 fine immediately. To make your payment, you must use a “wire transfer card.”
If this screen appears, follow these tips:
• Do not pay any money or give any personal information.
• Contact a computer professional to remove Reveton and Citadel from your computer.
• Be aware that even if you can unfreeze your computer on your own, the malware may still run in the background.