Hey, there. Please help. I am scared. My iPhone 6 plus got locked by Data://(null) Virus Message thing. It said I did wrong online, I went against the Law of the country. It asked me to pay $500 through Paysafecard. What is Paysafecard? If I paid for the penalty, will the virus go off my phone? If I paid, I won’t be sent into jail, correct? What should I do? Please advice.
“I got an about Data://(null) Virus warning on my phone whilst on the google chrome app, it says I broke a law and I need to pay. I believe it’s fake as I haven’t broken this law and it gave a popup also about a Paysafecard and paying a fine of $500. If this is a virus that could lock my iPhone, I’d like some information on how to remove it. Thank you!”
Data://(null) Virus Message is just malicious ransomware which is created by vicious cyber criminals with the purpose of ripping of innocent victims’ money. This virus mainly attacks Apple device users such as iPad, iPhone & iPod and so on. Cyber criminals aim at threatening victims to pay for the fine so that they can earn money easily. This scam virus has kinds of variants like US Marshals.gov data://(null) virus, HTTP://POLICE.UK/ virus. This virus is similar with FBI virus, U.S. Department of Justice virus or NSA security malware which are all created by cyber scammers. These ransomware used to pretend as a legitimate government agency. Once this malware infected your iPad or iPhone, you may see information screen saying it is sent from FBI, United Kingdom Police, AFP etc. in order to make this information looks like real. Besides, it will say that “You are accused of viewing/storage and/or dissemination of banned pornography (child pornography/zoophilia/rape etc). You have violated World Declaration on non-proliferation of child pornography…” You will see that IP and Apple ID, name, address will be listed in details at the beginning of the warning message. All these messages seem to be sent by legitimate institution. However, it just a scam virus. It is bogus information, a trap made by scammers.
As soon as you see Data://(null) Virus Message popping up on your screen, please do not set yourselves into panic. You should ignore what it says. You should use your mind to think whether this information real or not? From Data://(null) Virus Message, you will be asked to pay for a penalty of $500 or £100 or other amount of fine. There will be a deadline counting to prompt you to pay, like 72 hours, 48 hours or 24 hours. It is said if you don’t pay for the fine within the limited time, your data (like contacts, photos as well as other information) on your infected iPad or iPhone will be deleted or encrypted. The most important is that it locks you from accessing the Internet. As soon as you start to browse, this warning message will come up onto your screen mentioning you about this malicious virus. Should you pay for the fine? If you paid, will you get into your Internet normally without virus warning anymore? Of course, you should not pay for the non-existent fine. When you see Data://(null) Virus Message saying information like you are doing illegal things on your iPad or iPhone, your Safari is locked by this warning message, you must be cautious that your iPad or iPhone has been infected by scam virus. You should know that the real government will not ask you to pay for a fine through Paypal, Moneypak, Moneygram, Ukash or Paysafecard which you can purchase from Kmart, CVS, Walmart, or Walgreens. If you did go against the law, the police will come to your house immediately with the real effective certificate and a paper of warrant of arrest. One word, if you see Data://(null) Virus Message asking for money and locking your infected Apple device, you should take immediate action to get rid of it immediately without any hesitation.
We used to think that Apple IOS system can get away from ransomware virus hacking safely. However, cyber criminals create malicious virus: Data://(null) Virus message aiming to hack Apple device users. To distribute this scam virus, there are plenty of opportunities, strategies and methods are available for its distributors. The most common and popular method which works is bundling of software. So, you may get this virus while you are downloading or installing the free and infected applications. SPAM email attachments are also used for the distribution of this precarious virus. Sometimes, your online activities may give the virus to hack your Apple device, such as visiting pornographic or gambling website, clicking links on untrusted websites and advertisements, downloading items from unreliable sources, etc. From the previous analysis, you may know why we are saying the distribution channels of the virus are various.
It will block your Internet access once it is downloaded.
It will pretend itself as a legitimate warning to lock you out of Safari or Chrome browser.
It will not let you exit the blocked page even you have restarted the device a million times.
It can block all types of antivirus apps.
1. This message 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. There is no anti-malware software that can detect 100% of the malware out there.
Since viruses are quite inevitable, there are some tips you can avoid being fallen into Data://(null) 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 Selina Lynmich & last updated on October 11, 2016 12:36 pm