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

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

The 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.

According to a police press release, officers from the Police Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU), assisted by colleagues from…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.