posted on Oct, 12 2012 @ 11:49 AM
Note to Mods: Was not sure if it would be a political issue or a technology issue. Feel free to move to the correct forum if needed.
Not sure if anyone said something about this, but I came across this on Tumblr:
SOPA comes back as virus
After historic Internet protests in January the SOPA anti-piracy bill was defeated. However, this week several reports have pointed to a rather
unfortunate SOPA comeback. Not in Congress, but as a nasty cryptovirus that locks up people’s computers and accuses them of distributing copyright
infringing files. Infected users can get their data back after a payment of $200 – at least, that’s what the virus makers promise.
This is a really serious problem, since I know we are fond of sharing links here on ATS, so I'm just spreading the word for everyone to be on their
The SOPA virus is so-called ransomware, meaning that it holds computers hostage and only promises to free data after victims hand over cash.
People who are affected should of course ignore all the above. Searching online for “Stop Online Piracy Automatic Protection System Removal”” is
a better option, there are plenty of ways to defeat the resurrected SOPA and get your data back.
Please get this to the front page so everyone can know of this threat!