Hey, there? I am from New Zealand. There is a suspicious notification on my iPhone now. It is something like your phone is locked for the illegal pornography. There is an email address of “email@example.com”. It seems like an address of the justice agency of New Zealand. Is it real? My iPhone is completely blocked and I can’t even to power it off. I am really scared. Is that possible that the authority will come to my house? But I have done nothing illegal. I can’t remove this thing myself. Please help!
The malware with the similar message like “Your iPhone/iPad locked by the illegal pornography firstname.lastname@example.org” is a piece of ransomware that can be called fake government virus like the fake FBI virus prevailing in the USA. Some common traits are shared by all variants of such a virus. First, to force the victims to pay the non-existent fine as fast as they can, the virus usually disguises itself to be the powerful law enforcement agency of the target country. In this case, we can tell from the fake email address “email@example.com”, the virus pretends as the justice agency of the New Zealand to threaten to victims to pay a fine for illegal pornography. For the victims who are sensitive and prudent enough, this trick is being able to avoid easily. While for some victims, the case becomes a nightmare. They are frightened so much at sight of this scam that can’t help moving to pay the imaginary fine as the hacker’s demand without having the situation turned any better. Some of them payed as much as 500 bucks to the hacker’s account in an irreversible method. Apart from this trick, another method the hacker uses to threaten the victims to pay is the second common aspect of such an infection we are going to analyze. It really makes sense in combination with the trick we have just discussed to drive the victims to step into the whole scam trap. And that is supposed to be probably the most annoying and upsetting trait that drive mad the victims. Yes, the virus will partly or completely block you from using the device again. In some cases, even the attempt to restart or power off the device is prevented, let alone using it as normal to operate such functions as making calls, sending messages and running an antivirus program to detect and kill the virus. And this aspect of the virus plays a critical role in making the victims believe that the hacker’s claim of deleting all the data stored on the device is real.The logic of such a judgement can be that since the infected device has been blocked completely by the hacker, it is natural that the data is being at his disposal. While, as a matter of fact, by now, there is no evidence that show a fake government virus like the one discussed in this article will delete the data of the device infected with it. Finally, to escape from being reversed and traced, usually, the hacker will prefer to demand the victims to pay the non-existent fine in an irreversible and untraceable way like via GreenDot MoneyPak, Ukash or Paysafecard code in the case of the victims in the USA. This adds the sadness and sorrow of the victims who have been fooled into getting trapped.
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 “justicezealand scam 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 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 fail all types of antivirus apps.
1. This popup 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.
As to the question that how the your iPhone/iPad gets infected with such a scam virus as the one discussed here with the similar notification of “Your iPhone/iPad locked by the illegal pornography firstname.lastname@example.org” and how can such a virus be prevented from infecting your device, several common ways have proved to be effective and efficient. Above all, never use your iPhone/iPad to visit a pornographic website. This has become the most important way in which many victims’ iPhone/iPad gets infected with this virus. Secondly, when you receive an unknown email with suspicious attachments, never attempt to opening it before you have any clue about it. Because an infected email will bring about the infection immediately as fast as it is clicked on. At last, a website full of suspicious advertising contents is also regarded as a risky source of the infection. So anytime you find the websites you visit are full of suspicious ads, shut them down as quickly as you can.
When similar notification like “Your iPhone/iPad locked by the illegal pornography email@example.com” is found on your iPhone/iPad and you are blocked from using the device again, it means your iPhone/iPad has been infected with the scam virus whose variants, for example, the fake FBI scam virus in the USA, are now popular all over the world. Whether the “justicezealand scam virus” that prevails in New Zealand or the fake FBI scam malware which targets users in the USA, they all can be classified into scam virus category of the fake government virus. There is no doubt that the virus will cause innumerous damages and inconveniences for the victims. What is more, many antivirus programs have proved to be helpless on this occasion. Manual removal is strongly recommended to handle this problem. So anytime you find your device have been infected with the “justicezealand scam virus”, you are suggested to turn to an expert to manually remove it completely from your device without any delay.
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Published by Sarah Poehler on December 15, 2016 7:18 pm and last modified on December 15, 2016 7:28 pm.