“A pornography consumer who called the police in tears is among hundreds of Australians whose computers have been hacked by cyber criminals while viewing adult websites,” News.com.au reports.

“According to Fairfax, foreign gangs have been holding porn consumers ransom after infecting their PCs with viruses known as “ransomware”, which includes the ‘ukash,’ ‘reveton’ and ‘trojan.ransomlock’ viruses,” News.com.au reports. “The cyber criminals, who falsely claim to be members of the Australian Federal Police, ‘kidnap’ a computer user’s data and demand a ransom for its return, In this case, they have reportedly been activating the webcams on the users’ computers.”

News.com.au reports, “The viruses lock the desktop and post an incriminating image of the person on their screen before warning they have breached federal laws relating to child pornography, copyright or privacy, Fairfax reports. The hackers then demand the victims pay a fine of $100 or $199 using a credit card or money transfer service. They are threatened that if they don’t pay the fine within 72 hours, data files on the computer can be encrypted or wiped.

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[Attribution: NY Post. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader "Lynn Weiler" for the heads up.]

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