HACKERS TARGET DONEGAL COMPUTERS USERS IN AS GAEILGE CASH SCAM

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 September 5, 2012

Hackers are targeting Donegal computer-users by freezing their screens and then demanding money to unlock them – as gaeilge!

A man in West Donegal tried to access his computer but found it was locked with an Irish language message.

The message demanded the man forward €100 via transfer computer to have the virus unlocked.

The virus warns that the person may have accessed pornography and that their device has been frozen by an Irish Government agency.

Computer technician Brian McGarvey of Techie2u Computers Repairs has been repairing computers for 12 years around West Donegal and across the county.

Mr McGarvey said this is the first time he has ever come across a virus written in the Irish language.

“It’s quite a sophisticated and convincing scam. To someone who didn’t have good Irish, it’s looks very legitimate.

“I suspect they have used some kind of translation transfer and only about 60% of the virus makes sense in Irish.

“It has a logo which features an Irish flag and it looks quite official.

“However it looks good enough to scare people and some people might be inclined to hand over some money to have the computer unlocked,” he said.

Mr McGarvey says the company will not even unlock the computer but will take them money via an international money transfer company.

“People could not unlock it themselves but it can be unlocked by a computer technician,” he added.

 


15 thoughts on “HACKERS TARGET DONEGAL COMPUTERS USERS IN AS GAEILGE CASH SCAM

  1. What a shame that all these so called techies will not publish the solution to getting rid of these scams. By publishing this type of hype they are milking a users problem but because they want these little “cash cows” and preach the doom and gloom. Oh I am just a retired IT consultants with 42 years IT experience at the top.

    1. Why dont you provide the solution then? It’s obviously a fairly straight forward process that the average end user can follow going by what you are saying….we’re waiting…..

          1. Well if you’re so highly qualified then please offer your service, for free of course, to help everyone out! Don’t just begrudge the “techie” for all the computer illiterate people out there! And god forbid someone make a living for themselves as I am sure as an IT Consultant of 42 years you worked pro bono,

          2. It is typical of the mentality that you think someone should right all your wrongs, I did not see any of you around for my training, why should I provide you with a free service?
            If you were fool enough to run a PC without a firewall then pay to have it put right. There are no free lunches!

  2. @John Cooke
    Why do you feel the need to begrudge someone for trying to make a living? If he was a mechanic would you expect him to tell you how to fix your car? By your own account you are an all-knowing computer genius but most people are not and prefer to have a qualified technician do the work for them. Making a living being this technician isn’t a crime.

  3. Im glad that Mr mc garvey has brought this to everyone’s attention. He’s saving a lot of vulnerable people a lot of money. These hackers are constantly changing their scams and the programmes they used to run them get more elaborate by the day. Thank you Mr mc garvey!!!

  4. I got a virus a few weeks ago…one of the supposedly gardai messages saying you have downloaded illegal material or kids porn. There is a similar one in canada. Anyway the point is, if you get these viruses that lock pc, use another one and Google how to remove it. I just used my phone and nova your uncle. If you are not computer literate, get someone who is. In fairness its straight forward enough if you have a small bit of computer knowledge.

    1. Smart man, that is all that is involved. Someone who uses his head and does not think others are in this world as a rescue service.

      Knowledge is King!

      1. john cooke:
        “It is typical of the mentality that you
        think someone should right all your wrongs, I did not see any of you around for my training, why should I provide you with a free service?
        If you were fool enough to run a PC without a firewall then pay to have it put right. There are no free lunches!”

        Well done!! have just negated your first argument….

  5. john cooke@
    a) “What a shame that all these so called techies will not publish the solution to getting rid of these scams.”

    b) “If you were fool enough to run a PC without a firewall then pay to have it put right. There are no free lunches!”

    So you expect all these “techies” to post stuff for free and not use people as “cash cows”..you then call end users fools and should pay for solutions….which is it?

  6. John your years of experience have taught you nothing, a firewall will not protect you against these scams. A good ‘updated’ AV & something like ‘Malwarebytes’ full version may, but safe surfing is the best option. In 17 years of using the internet I’ve had one virus.

    Some of these lock down or fake AV programs can be quite tricky to remove actually & require an in-depth knowledge of Windows & information to remove these sorts of malware can be found by searching, not easy to sort.

    The best advice is don’t explore sites with scantily clothed ladies, keep off sites that offer stolen software & so called ‘keygens’ (99.99999% contain Trojans) & buy your music. NEVER ever, reply to texts or emails from any bank asking for your details they don’t do that ever!

    And if something looks to good to be true it probably is ie: – ‘click here you have just won 100 billion Euro’

    Or you could use Linux that I’m using now & avoid just about every form of malware there is.

  7. Any screens?

    I’m not sure about this one, maybe it’s completely new but I believe it’s just a new variant this Ireland police virus:

    https://www.botnets.fr/images/6/6d/Weelsof_IE_%2806-2012%29.gif

    @John: this is so not true. Google FBI virus or Metropolitan virus and you’ll find many removal guides. And most of them are free.

    Example:

    http://deletemalware.blogspot.ie/2011/06/remove-metropolitan-police-ransomware.html

    Such virus isn’t a big deal unless it encrypts your files. Then it’s an entirely different story.

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