From: Craig Phillips []

Sent: Thursday, October 18, 2012 11:46 PM


Subject: Cocktail Talk - FBI Reveton


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Cocktail Talk


November 2012

Cocktail Talk


Welcome to CN Consulting's "Cocktail Talk".


Cocktail Talk is a casual monthly newsletter intended to arm you with amusing bits and bytes of information on whats happening in the computer world. Topics sure to break the ice and capture an audience at many a social or business event.


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Cocktail TalkChild Pornography, FBI, 48 Hours, $200 sums it up pretty nicely.


The victim was attacked by a variant of the reveton virus delivered by and with Citadel Malware. Reveton viruses are what is called Ransomeware.


Ransomware is malicious software that locks you out of your computer, or your data, and demands money to let you back in. Citadel Malware intends to use the victim's computer in online bank fraud


Reveton lures the victim to a drive-by download website, at which time the ransomware is installed on the user's computer.  


Used to be you had to open an attachment, run an attached program, or unzip a file. This gave us a time to think, to back out, or was just too much hassle to be bothered with.


Social networking sites like YouTube, FaceBook, and Pinterest let you email what you think is cool to other people sending nothing more than a subject and a link. We're very used to getting these types of email. Click the link, and you're infected. 


Once infected, the computer freezes displaying a warning the user has violated United States federal law. The message further declares the user's IP address has been identified by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as visiting websites that feature child pornography and other illegal content and threatens criminal proceedings within 48 hours.


Reveton disables your computer. No Start Menu, no Desktop Icons, Task Manager is disabled, nothing but a screen threatening you with FBI charges for surfing child pornography unless you pay the ransom.


The ransom should be paid to the U.S. Department of Justice (in Russia) using a prepaid money card service. The geographic location of the user's IP address determines what payment services are offered. 


In addition to reveton, the Citadel malware operates on the compromised computer and can be used to commit online banking and credit card fraud. 


The real FBI, at WWW.FBI.GOV has a little something to say about all this. Supervisory Special Agent Herbert Stapleton writes "The FBI will never insist that you need to pay a fine to the FBI to unlock it. That's not a law enforcement tactic. So don't provide any money, don't provide any personal information if your computer is locked up by this type of malware."


The FBI's next statement surprised me very much, they recommend a technique that is so radical, so unspeakable, that if I didn't have the backing of the FBI I wouldn't dare write it. The FBI says, and I quote, "Contact a computer professional to remove the malware from your computer and make sure that it's fully removed and there are no lingering effects.". 


Usually contacting a computer professional isn't even considered until the 12 year old nephew who's "good with computers", the beer guzzling brother-in-law, son who's a "big shot" with some company that sells floppy disks, every co-worker with nothing better to do, and of course, the pimple faced teens of Squeak Squad have had a chance to muck things up. At which point the victim is out hundreds of dollars and still dead in the water, like they have been for a week, and is declaring an emergency that I am expected to respond to immediately and without compensation, at their convenience, while their dog persistently tries humping my leg. 


It seems the FBI takes this kind of thing personally, not the leg humping, I have no idea how the FBI feels about that, but maybe the use of "Federal Bureau of Investigation"  has ticked them off because they write, "If you're a victim of this virus, report it to the Internet Crime Complaint Center, or IC3, at The IC3 is a partnership between the FBI and the National White-Collar Crime Center.", so there bad guys!



Check this out! http:www//, or not, but that's your call, and that's Cocktail Talk.




Thank you for reading,



Craig Phillips

CN Consulting, Inc.





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