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SOPA is back???

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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:

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.

SOPA comes back as virus

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 guard.

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!

posted on Oct, 12 2012 @ 11:57 AM
Your title is misleading.

This is not SOPA, as in the bill introduced to congress. Its maleware exploiting peoples fears of getting caught with copyright infringements.

This has not connection to the government, it just a malicious attack by someone looking to make some money. If you already knew that, i apologize.

Here is some advice i found going through a few links on your source.

If you end up infected by this, I would strongly urge you not to give in to the criminals demands. The best course of action is to restore from a backup to a nice clean system and be sure to apply all patches and security precautions.

I can see a lot of people falling for this.

edit on 12-10-2012 by MDDoxs because: (no reason given)

posted on Oct, 12 2012 @ 12:01 PM
A girl I knows computer recently got a very similar virus recently.The only difference was instead of sopa it said metropolitan police.The computer locked on the screen saying click here to pay £200 to unlock your computer.It said the computer had breached piracy laws,accessed child porn etc.

posted on Oct, 12 2012 @ 04:26 PM
reply to post by TheToastmanCometh

awesome news!
means more customers for me

i'll just run combofix, and malwarebytes and charge double the usual

posted on Oct, 12 2012 @ 08:19 PM
reply to post by MDDoxs

I know that...I should have been a bit more clear.

posted on Oct, 12 2012 @ 09:03 PM
reply to post by DerepentLEstranger

You sure got a hard job

posted on Oct, 13 2012 @ 11:11 AM
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