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[Virus/Malware] I involved the POLICE!


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#1 Titoist

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 02:16

So my dad called me demanding I go to the house immidietly. He stated that he got the virus and I thought nothing of it. I thought I was just going to remove it like always. However, this time it was different. This was the most intrusive and threatening virus/malware that I called the police. They sent over a Cybercrimes Investigator within 20min. Like me, he was shocked as well. Not only did this attack blatantly COPY and imitate the Federal Government, but it went as so far as to name my dad, his address, SIC, and take his picture. Not only that, but it paralyzed the wireless network and the computer. I could not do anything. Due to the severity of this attack, the Police informed the RCMP and we force kicked the computer into windows where now I am running a new antivirus (Norton 360) and Malwarebytes to remove the threat.

I posted this to let everyone become aware of this new threat. The Virus was acquired from the Google Homepage. Download logs indicated that. Overall, what do you think and how can it be combated. We called the police because of the personal info security breach.

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#2 CrashGordon

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 02:22

You called the cops.. for a virus?

Sounds like the same scam as the FBI (screenshots from the webcam and all) one here in the states:
http://www.fbi.gov/n...w-internet-scam

#3 +Yorak

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 02:23

Wow, think you might be taking this a bit too seriously? Perhaps you should just secure his PC and move on...

#4 OP Titoist

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 02:24

You guys missed the part where the virus took the Social Insurance Card number. That's what concerned me. We didn't have that information on the computer... so where it get it?

#5 linsook

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 02:27

You guys missed the part where the virus took the Social Insurance Card number. That's what concerned me. We didn't have that information on the computer... so where it get it?


Maybe your dad used it elsewhere? Cra SIN log in. Credit card sign up, credit check, etc...

#6 mudslag

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 02:32

Had a similar virus, rebooted into safe mode, took it off and was good to go. It asks you to pay to remove, again booted into safe mode and it was easy to remove from there.

#7 OP Titoist

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 02:32

What matters is that it was reported and even the investigator stated that it was a good idea to call incase there is any future fraud.

#8 CrashGordon

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 02:44

Yes, you should notify your (or dads) bank, change all passwords/PIN numbers, get new cards and such., but involve the cops? Actually you should still do that, don't rely on the cops to do that for ya.

Don't see where it listed the Social Insurance Card number (or where you blanked it out) in the screenshot, just like the FBI one I posted.

#9 Dot Matrix

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 02:45

So what was he downloading that he shouldn't have been?

#10 +Obi-Wan Kenobi

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 02:54

That's an extreme reaction to a common threat. Wow, talk about overkill! Especially when it's so easy to remove in the first place! Are you sure your dad didn't give in and give them the info out of fear? I've seen this happen before....fake scare, better enter info, because hey....if it says police, it must be true, right? I think you might have over reacted. Now, if his credit cards had been used elsewhere, then yes, sure, call the authorities....but this is like literally the second time I've seen this...."Dad" got the fbi/police virus, now every time he boots up, he gets the scare....so to keep it quiet, he enters his details into this (obviously) fake scare screen.....only to have his identity stolen...only to reboot windows and the threat still be there. Research: it's better than jumping to conclusions any day. ;) Lesson learned.

#11 hjf288

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 02:56

Well done, they will probably do f all about it though :)

#12 OP Titoist

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 02:59

Well the authorities here have a cybercrime department. I didn't call 911, I called the specific department. The purpose of that department is simply to record and publish new threats, and help people who have had their identities stolen, etc. Yes, I did over react, but better safe than sorry regardless of how common it is. Like I said, I have not seen such a program before and I thought it was a legitimate threat.

I just received a call from the RCMP. They will publish a cyber bulletin on their website notifying people that there is a Canadian version of this virus.

#13 Simon-

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 03:00

I see the point, that his name/SIC (I think that's like a SSN) was compromised, that's the only concern I would have, not the actual virus itself.

#14 Circaflex

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 03:03

i highly doubt he got this from the google homepage btw

#15 OP Titoist

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 03:05

i highly doubt he got this from the google homepage btw


I don't know where he got it or how. I arrived after the occurrence.