I am freaking out. I was using safari and a white box data:text:html pop up appeared saying it was from US Police claiming that I have violated child pornography and copyright laws. I had not been viewing anything illegal at all. It looks so genuine and had my information like country, region, city and location etc. It said that I must pay $500 within 24 hours or all my apps, games, etc would be deleted and my iPhone will be blocked. I tried exiting safari and even turning the phone off, but every time I went back onto safari, that message popped back up. I don’t know what to do now. How do I get rid of data:text:html US Police pop up from my iPhone forever?
Data:text:html US Police Pop up is another scam designed by cyber criminals in order to scare innocent users. It is known as ransomware that can be installed secretly, and without asking for user’s permission. This pop up is commonly used to infect Apple devices (including iPhone, iPad and iPod). It masquerades as law enforcement agencies such as US Police, Cyber Police and then demands money for fictional crimes. This tricky virus has many variants aiming to 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.
Some of the variants are called:
The Federal Bureau of Investigation Virus (FBI)
The Australian Federal Police Virus (AFP)
Police Central e-Crime Unit Virus (PCEU)
The U.S. Department of Justice Virus (DOJ)
Royal Canadian Mounted Police Virus (RCMP)
Canadian Security Intelligence Service Virus (CSIS)
International Cyber Security Protection Alliance Virus (ICSPA)
Once data:text:html US Police pop up appears, it can freeze your Internet and block you out of your web browser like Safari or Chrome. A deceptive message supposedly from the US Police or other federal agencies mentioned above will pop up immediately saying that because you violated some sort of United States of America criminal law like viewing child pornography/rape/zoophilia/rape things on your mobile device, your Internet has been blocked up for safety reasons. It says you need to pay $500 within 24 or 48 hours through Paypal, Moneypak, Moneygram, Ukash or Paysafecard which you can purchase from Kmart, CVS, Walmart, or Walgreens, giving the code then it will release your browser. If you don’t pay the fine, you will never gain access to your phone anymore, your Apple ID will be blocked and criminal case will be opened against yourself. Even worse, it grabs a couple of different contacts from your phone and says that these contacts can be called up and interrogated as witnesses for your crime. You will not able to close the data:text:html message and the only thing you can do is to click “OK” option which is at the bottom of this fake US Police message but it won’t do anything to close the page. On the address bar it shows an interesting URL starting with fbi.gov or apple.support something like that. It seems the bad guys clearly know how to fool users.
“Ok. I was on a site and clicked on a regular video, and then a weird url titled with data:text:html popped up. It said Us Police in it. The messaged came up in a white box and said i was viewing banned pornography like child pornography, zoophilia, rape, something I have never done. I got really scared. Is this a scam or not? It was on an iPhone 6. It also asked me to pay a fine of 500$ with Paypal my cash card. SO is it a scam or what? How do I get rid of data:text:html US Police pop up completely? Thank you for your help.”
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. Data:text:html US Police 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 Data:text:html US Police 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 Sarah Poehler & last updated on February 25, 2016 10:10 am