FBI warning: Beware of new “drive-by” computer virus, Reveton

The FBI recently issued an alert notifying people of a “new ‘drive-by’ virus that infects computers simply by visiting a compromised website.”

According to the FBI, users are infected y simply visiting a site that has been infected. The virus can install itself and once a computer is infected it will immediately lock, and the monitor displays this screen stating there has been a violation of federal law:

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) initially issued  a warning on its website in May 2012. Since then, the virus become more widespread in the U.S. and internationally.

The IC3 suggests the following if you become a victim of the Reveton virus:

  • Do not pay any money or provide any personal information.
  • Contact a computer professional to remove Reveton and Citadel from your computer.
  • Be aware that even if you are able to unfreeze your computer on your own, the malware may still operate in the background. Certain types of malware have been known to capture personal information such as user names, passwords, and credit card numbers through embedded keystroke logging programs.
  • File a complaint and look for updates about the Reveton virus on the IC3 website.

See the FBI’s alert and get all the details here: http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2012/august/new-internet-scam