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October 3, 2012

Local woman a victim of FBI computer virus sweeping nation

Program takes over a PC, demands $200 payment to ‘free’ it

FROM STAFF REPORTS

A Mineral Wells woman’s laptop was infected with one of the latest malware viruses going around, the so-called “FBI MoneyPak Virus.”

The woman said the virus took over her laptop running Windows Vista, essentially locking it down and preventing its use after start up. The virus demands a $200 payment through a MoneyPak pre-paid card purchased at popular retail stores. The victim is then told to enter the MoneyPak card numbers on the screen to unlock the computer.

The warning looks very official, as if from the FBI, stating the user had illegally viewed or downloaded pornographic materials and said paying the $200 would serve as a fine and free the computer. It also controls a computer’s Web camera and makes it look like an image of the user is being streamed to the government.

The woman said her laptop was infected while watching a video from a trusted website. She called a computer repair shop and was told it would cost her $200 to restore her laptop.

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