Webcams today are often hacked (hijacked) by malware developers, in particular, by those who develop and distribute a special type of malware known as ransomware. This is the program that locks (blocks) the entire desktop of the infected computer, without giving a chance for users to do anything with their PCs. In the majority of the cases this locked status is accompanied with a scary warning allegedly originating from the police (law enforcement body) of some particular country. It should be mentioned that ransomwares are being spread today in various corners of the globe, this is why they now can infect PCs located in many if not all countries of the world. So, obviously, we can trace the “international” character for distribution of this malware. Among the most targeted countries we may name the US, the United Kingdom, France and Germany. Other countries, however, are not the exception.
Hijacking the webcam of the infected PC is a new tactic applied by cyber hackers. In addition to the scary warning of the ransomware itself, online fraudsters invented the module that hacks the webcam driver and shows the face of the user of the particular infected PC, together with the fake police alert. This is all very scary, of course, especially for those users who don’t realize that this notice doesn’t come from the police bodies. What you should understand first is all is that this notification is a product of online crooks and is not associated with the police. Nevertheless, users are prompted to effect the payment as a fine or penalty for committing certain illegal activities (like watching illegal content over the world wide web or downloading or distributing illegal software or multimedia samples). It is worth saying that hackers prompt users to make payment in their favor via the following payment processing companies:
The first two payment methods are most common for European countries, whereas MoneyPak is widely used in the US and Canada. No doubt, these decent payment companies aren’t associated with this ransomware application (whatever version infected your PC). Thus, when someone actually pays the supposed fine or penalty supposedly in favor of the law enforcement body he/she, in fact, pays money in favor of the crooks.
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Latest most widely spread ransomwares and their removal guides:
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