I was browsing PornHub (I m sorry), and then clicked on Gay. Then an FBI attention notice popped up saying I had to use PayPal to pay a fine of $500 in three days or else it would contact all of my contacts in the address book about the situation and start an investigation immediately. I am freaking out. Can anyone tell me is it a scam or is it real? The notice was still on Safari even I have tried to restart the phone a thousand times. Please help!
FBI Attention Notice is a fake message aiming to steal money from innocent users. It belongs to Ransomware that either locks infected devices down entirely or blocks internet access once it is downloaded on the target device. iPads, iPhones and basically all Apple devices were considered to be immune to any viruses and malware in the past, but the truth is that they even have the chance to be infected. FBI Attention Notice is very common on Apple device nowaday because those cyber criminals want to get as much money as possible from innocent mobile users. They distribute the virus through Emails, instant message and hide it in hacked website. Once your device is infected, you’ll get a big FBI attention warning on your web browser, mostly in Safari, which informs you FBI has detected you got involved in viewing child pornography/rape/zoophilia/rape things on your mobile device, therefore your Internet has been blocked up for safety reasons. The fake FBI message blocks the users from accessing internet and then requires them to pay a hefty fine to make the warning go away. Victims are always demanded to pay the fine in virtual currency, such as itunes gift card, Paypal card, Paysafecard or Ukash voucher in 24 or 48 hours. You can purchase those prepaid card from Kmart, CVS, Walmart, or Walgreens freely. It says once you pay the fine and give the code, your browser will be released and both your data and Apple ID will be safe for good. Otherwise, criminal case will be opened against yourself and your Apple ID will be blocked. Even worse, it grabs a couple of different contacts from your phone and says that these contacts can be called up and interrogated as witnesses for your crime.
FBI Attention Notice pop-up may seem to be frightening because it shows your IP address, user name and location. A lot of people get freaked out that the fake warning messages might actually be real since they can not seem to get rid of them. Or they believe that their iPhone or iPad is infected with some sort of virus or malware and start to panic. But paying the fine is not an option to restore access to your mobile device but just a waste of money. This message is far for real. It just masquerades as a legitimate warning from Federal Bureau of Investigation and then demands money for fictional crimes. The virus can attack Apple users in different countries, including United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United kingdom, Germany, Ireland, France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Norway, Switzerland, Sweden, Belgium, Denmark, Greece and other Europe countries. Even if you have paid the fine as requested, your iPhone or iPad will still be locked and you can’t access the Internet or do any operations at all. Don’t pay the fine in any cases. It was just a false webpage trying to fool you, and it is not real, so simply ignore it and follow the manual removal guide to get rid of it step by step.
We used to think that Apple iOS gadgets were pretty immune to viruses and malware. Sadly, over the past year hackers have turned their attention to our mobile gear. Usually, the installation of Data:text:html US Police Virus can be completed in a short time and then it pops up immediately to lock your iphone or ipad without signs if you visit a phishing site, open a junk e-mail attachment, click on an unknown link or download an application from an unsafe source. You will be easily get infected by this virus after you jailbreak your device.
It will block your Internet access once it is downloaded.
It will pretend itself as a legitimate warning from US Police and then ask for a ransom.
It will not let you close Safari or Chrome.
It can block all types of antivirus apps.
1. FBI Attention pop up can run on iPhone, iPad, iPod or other Apple devices.
2. Don’t pay for anything or provide your personal information to this hoax, it won’t help unlock Safari/Chrome, but just waste your money.
3. Currently antivirus apps are unable to detect or remove this malware.
4. No apps can prevent the virus from attacking Apple devices.
Since viruses are quite inevitable, there are some tips you can avoid being infected with FBI Attention Notice Virus Message in the future:
1. Be careful of downloading applications in the internet because many of them are just cloned applications. Visit legitimate app stores like Apple Store because it filters out the reliable application from what’s not reliable. Most viruses are from gaming and anti-virus applications which are forged. Before downloading an application, try to read some customer reviews so that you will be assured that it is truly a trusted app. Stick with apps from App Store and don’t jailbreak your device and install apps from third-parties.
2. Be cautious at opening attachments thru MMS, SMS messages and e-mails because you might open an unknown attachment from unknown sender. Never open any attachments which are suspicious to you.
3. Don’t open your Bluetooth connection when not in need. It would be easy for the virus to go inside the phone’s application and destroy the phone’s performance.
4. Read the permissions. Every app you install has to declare its permissions, meaning the app lists what it will have access to on your phone. Don’t just click OK without reading what the app will do.
Published by & last updated on March 13, 2016 6:10 am