REDCLIFF – Computer fraud attacks you and your computer. Between phishing attempts, spam emails, and malware, hackers are trying to get into your personal information and data. The Canadian Anti Fraud Center and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Technological Crime Branch have been receiving reports from Canadians who say their computers are being frozen or they have been “locked out” of their computers. This happens primarily after complainants receive pop-up messages warning them their computers have been associated with child pornography.
These types of messages, known as ransomware, are scams designed to create shock and anxiety so that victims respond by sending money quickly. If you receive one of these messages, please be aware that:
• Sending money will not fix your computer – it will remain locked. DO NOT SEND MONEY.
• Neither the RCMP nor any other Canadian government agencies would hijack computers in order to obtain money. The ransomware presence is hard evidence that your computer has been infected by malicious software (malware) that must be dealt with.
• The only way to regain access to your computer is to seek the help of a computer technician who can remove the malware.
• To protect against cyber attacks, you must regularly update your software. You need good anti-virus, spyware and firewall protection.