SOURCE: BitDefender


November 15, 2012 17:15 ET

Bitdefender Provides Free Removal Tool for 'Piracy' Trojan

Ransomware Threatens Millions With Fake Message From Police

BUCHAREST, ROMANIA--(Marketwire - Nov 15, 2012) - Bitdefender®, the award-winning provider of innovative antivirus solutions, has released a free tool to remove the "Piracy" Trojan that infected millions of users worldwide with a fake police message accusing them of piracy.

Users infected with Trojan.Ransom.IcePol can install the Bitdefender tool to wipe the malicious software from their computers and restore their devices by visiting and running the tool in Windows' Safe Mode.

"The Piracy Trojan capitalizes on that same sudden jolt of fear people experience when they hear a police siren and see flashing lights behind them on the road," said Bitdefender Chief Security Researcher Alexandru Bălan. "The Trojan scans the victim's IP address, tells him the message is from police, and then accuses him of an offense he did not commit. Unlike older ransomware threatening fines for zoophilic pornography, this particular Trojan focuses on copyright infringement. It's highly effective."

With piracy losses rising to billions of dollars a year and millions of computers worldwide harboring pirated files, software, music, movies and more, the Piracy Trojan can claim victims in almost any country and any social group.

The Trojan intimidates users with localized messages coming from police offices in countries such as the US, the UK, Germany, Austria, Holland, and Romania. Cyber-criminals demand victims pay as much as $200 USD, sometimes converted into local currency. To add credibility to the fake message, they even warn about payment scams through a fraud alert. 

With its roots in Russia, ransomware is a class of malware used for extortion that blocks access to the computers it infects, asking for money to remove the restriction.

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