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FBI Warns of Ransomware Scam That Freezes Your Computer Until You Pay A Fine

The FBI released a statement last week addressing a new Internet "drive-by" virus called Reveton ransomware, which operates by freezing a user's computer and displaying a notification that the user recently violated a federal crime (such as "illegal use of downloaded media" or "computer-use negligence"). The message then instructs the user to submit a payment to unlock the computer and provides an easy-to-use "pay MoneyPak" entry box right on the screen.  

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