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S Federal Bureau of Investigation is warning about an uptick in online extortion scams that impersonate the FBI and frighten people into paying fines to avoid prosecution for supposedly downloading child pornography and pirated content.
This post offers an inside look at one malware gang responsible for orchestrating such scams.
One of them, who goes by the screen name “Kafeine,” said much of the Reveton activity traces back to a group that is controlling the operation using reverse proxies at dozens of servers scattered across data centers globally (see this PDF for a more detailed look at the image above).
The one on the right, for instance, shows that the attackers managed to get their malware installed on 2,116 PCs in France, and of those, only 3.7 percent — 79 victims — opted to pay to rid their machines of the ransomware.
But those 79 victims each paid 0, earning the miscreants 7,800 Euros.
Money Pak cards are available for purchase at Wal-Mart, CVS and other retailers, and can be reloaded with cash, and can be used to send money to Pay Pal accounts, prepaid credit cards, and to pay bills for some cell phone companies and Direct TV.
I mentioned earlier that most of these Reveton attacks that have been tracked so far used versions of the Black Hole exploit kit to deploy the malware.