Three people arrested over “Police ransomware” computer attacks [VIDEO]

Graham Cluley
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Money. Image from ShutterstockThe Metropolitan Police have arrested two men and a woman in connection with a spate of computer attacks that have held innocent internet users to ransom.

Ransomware is malicious software that locks you out of your computer or your data, and demands money to let you back in.

One “brand” of ransomware, widely known as Reveton, has been very widely circulated in recent months pretending to be a warning from your country’s national police service, locking you out of your PC, and threatening criminal proceedings within 48 hours – usually for unspecified copyright offences.

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According to a police press release, officers from the Police Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU), assisted by colleagues from Staffordshire Police, searched three properties yesterday in connection with the ransomware attacks.

A 34-year-old man and 30-year-old woman from Stoke on Trent have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud, money laundering and possession of items for use in fraud. Additionally, a 26-year-old man also from Stoke on Trent was also arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud. All three are currently in custody at a Staffordshire police station.

Naked Security’s Paul Ducklin demonstrates ransomware in the following video:

Reveton ransomware - exposed, explained and eliminated

For a deeper understanding of ransomware, check out some of our recent articles on the subject:

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Graham Cluley is an award-winning keynote speaker who has given presentations around the world about cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. A veteran of the computer security industry since the early 1990s, he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows, makes regular media appearances, and is the co-host of the popular "Smashing Security" podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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