ComputerWorld today reports that the UK’s Metropolitan Police has warned Windows users of a malware attack that poses as a message from the computer crime-fighting cops themselves.
The ransomware attack attempts to lock the computer, and posing as an unofficial notice from a law enforcement agency, claims that the victim’s PC has been determined to have visited illegal websites.
Only payment for a fine, claims the message, will restore the computer’s functionality.
Various versions of the alert messages have been seen – here’s one example:
Part of the poorly-worded alert reads as follows:
The process of illegal activity is deleted. According to UK law and Metropolitan Police Service and…
Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.