Expert’s warning over child porn virus

ONLINE WARNING ... Nader A-Naderi, operations manager at Aquila Systems, Laygate, South Shields.
ONLINE WARNING ... Nader A-Naderi, operations manager at Aquila Systems, Laygate, South Shields.

A SOUTH Tyneside computer company is warning people to beware of a virus plaguing users.

The warning, which claims to come from Metropolitan Police, states that the computer has been locked because the user has been viewing child pornography.

Other reasons given by the virus writers claim the computer has been used to view banned websites, exchange illicit information exchange, and for storing or viewing pirated content.

It then claims the computer user must pay a fine of £100, and asks them to buy vouchers totalling the amount before entering the vouchers’ codes to unlock the computer.

Nader A-Naderi, who owns computer shop, Aquila Systems in Laygate, South Shields, with his wife Carol, said: “We’ve had a couple of customers come in who have this virus on their computer, and I want to warn people not to give their details out.

“This sort of virus is a particularly pernicious one that is plaguing people’s computers.

“It’s what I call ransom-ware, where it claims to lock your computer until you hand over money.

“This is a particularly vicious virus, because people within a household could start to point blame at each other before they realise that it is a virus, and it makes some very awful claims.

“Because of the things it says, people could also be too embarrassed to take it to a computer shop and might pay the money just to get rid of it.”

“If anyone has their computer infected with this virus, they should bring it to us or another computer shop who will be able to remove it.

“Do not enter any card details or information.

“People who hand over their details are immediately added to the ‘sucker list’ and will be targeted again and again.”

A spokesman for Northumbria Police said: “This is a type of computer virus, and we would urge the public not to follow the instructions on screen, not to call the number given, or send any money.

“Always be cautious when giving any personal details over the Internet and help protect yourself from online fraud by installing appropriate security measures on your devices.”

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