There are quite a few different types of malicious computer software users need to be aware of at all times. Memeware is a relatively new of malicious software that can cause an annoyance to computer owners around the world. Although there are not too many types of memewares in circulation right now, it is a good time to take a closer look at what these threats entail exactly.
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Memeware Is A Big problem But Mostly Harmless
To put the concept of memeware into perspective, it is important to note this malicious software is in fact a Trojan Horse. This means it could theoretically cause a lot of damage to one’s computer if the developers wanted to pursue that option. A new type of memeware is currently making the rounds, which is a screen locker displaying an FBI anti-piracy warning.
Some people may have seen a similar warning on their computer a few years ago. At that time, a type of ransomware was making the rounds, tricking victims into believing they were part of an ongoing FBI or police investigation related to child pornography. The only viable course of action at that time was to pay a small amount of money through wire transfers or gift cards to the criminals.
Memeware, or in this case, the screen locker Trojan, attempts to do virtually the same. Victims are met with a screen informing them their device has been locked. It also includes the logo of the FBI and mentions how the computer user has been found guilty of illicit online behavior over the past few months. It seems like a very legitimate message to people who have never dealt with this type of malicious software before.
Similarly to how ransomware operates, victims are asked to contribute financially to ensure this “issue” goes away without further question. It appears the Memeware screen locker Trojan demands a $200 payment, which needs to be completed through a Green Dot Moneypak code. It is rather remarkable to see criminals not use Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies for a change. Then again, Bitcoin has never been an anonymous payment method by any means.
However, it is important to note this memeware screen locker does not actively encrypt any files on the infected device. Instead, it only prevents users from using the computer or even booting it through the Safe Mode options. All files remain in their original state, and no data will be deleted if the payment is not made. Moreover, it does not appear there is a timer associated with making the payment either, which is quite amateur.
Luckily, it appears the memeware screen locker Trojan can be bypassed with relative ease. Users can enter the code “290134884” in the Green Dot MoneyPak code window to have this malicious piece of software removed from their system. This is another example of how the developers aim to make some money, but are seemingly not expected a major paycheck from creating this tool.
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