The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team has issued a warning on several malware campaigns disguised as coming from U.S. federal agencies, Fedscoop reports.
Once the malware is installed in a system, it displays a note warning the user that a federal agency has associated that computer with some crimes.
The user is then directed to pay a fine in order to regain control of the computer.
According to David Stegon’s report, the FBI and U.S. Cyber Command have been impersonated by the malware.
US-CERT recommends victims follow procedures outlined in Security Tip ST05-006, which details processes for changing passwords, using antivirus software and firewalls and other security protocols.