What Is The FBI Moneypak Ransomware Virus?
The FBI Moneypak virus (FBI virus, Citadel Reveton) is ransomware disguised as the FBI that uses Trojans (Trojan.Ransomlock.R) to lock computer systems. The FBI virus alleges the computer has been involved in illegal activity (cyber crime) by the FBI (downloaded or distributed copyrighted material or viewed child pornography, etc.) and demands a penalty fine of $100 or $200 to be paid in order to unlock the computer system within the allotted time of 72 hours by use of Moneypak cards (and others). Green Dot Moneypak cards are the prepaid credit cards you can purchase at Walmart or Walgreens type stores (Moneypak card).
The FBI Moneypak ransomware virus also states on the fake FBI screen that you (the computer owner) may see jail time if a fine is not paid in time. Please take note that this is malware and the claims made by this virus on the fake FBI page are not real, your are not in trouble with the FBI. Paying the fine using Ukash vouchers and Moneypak cards will not fix this malware. Using an activation number to remove the FBI virus will lead to further intrusions.
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FBI Virus Screenshots And Variant Updates
There are a few different versions of screens the fake FBI viruses use. Though screens and warnings may be different, removal steps are the same.
The first version (above) demands a payment of $100 while the second version (below) demands $200.
New Variant: FBI Ultimate Game Card
There is a new variant of FBI malware which uses the “Ultimate Game Card pay by cash” payment system. This new Ultimate Game Card variant of FBI ransomware does not typically hijack webcam settings.
New Variant: Department of Justice – FBI Black Screen of Death Virus
New Variant: FBI Audio Virus
A new version of the FBI virus has been infecting computers without a FBI warning screen (black screen), only streaming audio stating the computer is locked by the FBI, etc. This version of the FBI virus is often referred to as the FBI song, the FBI audio virus, the Black screen virus, Black audio virus, FBI sound virus, and other loose references.
- Citadel Reveton Ransomware and the “FBI Moneypak Virus” are essentially the same infection.
FBI Moneypak Virus Dangers, Information, And Symptoms
Detailed below are procedures, symptoms, tactics, and dangers of the FBI virus.
- The FBI virus causes the computer system to lock, not allowing the user to access the computer’s desktop, nor access the internet.
- Once the computer is infected the user is directed to a fraudulent FBI screen.
- The fraudulent FBI page/screen/website (as with most ransomware) details an alert message that reads:
“Attention! Your PC is blocked due to at least one of the reasons specified below”:
You have been violating Copyright and related rights Law (Video, Music,Software) and illegally using or distributing copyrighted content, thus infringing Article I, Section 8, clause 8, also known as the Copyright of the Criminal Code of United States of America. If it is PCEU Virus then this is thus infringing Article 128 of the criminal code of Great Britain.
The ransomware details that you have been viewing or distributing prohibited pornographic content (Child Pornography/Zoofilia). Thus violating article 202 of the Criminal Code of United States of America. Article 202 of the criminal provides for deprivation of liberty for two or twelve yours.
Illegal access to computer data has been initiated from your PC,or you have been. Article 210 (it is 208 for PCEU Virus) of the Criminal Code provides for a fine of up to $100,000 and/or a deprivation of liberty for four to nine years.
Fines may only be paid within 72 hours after the infringement. As soon as 72 hours elapse, the possibility to pay the fine expires, and a criminal case is initiated against you authomatically within the next 72 hours! (Sometimes it shows you within 2 hours or 48 hours).
Web Cam Control
When the computer user is taken to the fake FBI drive-by-download website (page), a video screen, which is streamed from the users connected webcam is displayed as “recording”. If you do not have a web cam connected the video screen will appear blank and will still show as recording. The FBI virus and alike malware are capable of recording your through your webcam.
Antivirus Malfuncion: “Anti Malware And Antivirus software Isn’t Working!”
The FBI Moneypak virus may cause Antivirus software to malfunction. Anti Malware and Antivirus programs can be used to scan and remove the FBI Moneypak virus but in many scenarios the infection has progressed far enough to disable removal software. There are steps around this, such as entering your system in safe mode or restoring your computer, unplugging from the internet, denying flash, using the optical disk drive option, safe mode with networking, or slaving your HDD.