‘METROPOLITAN POLICE Attention! Illegal activity was revealed!’ Ransomware

Posted: June 22, 2011
Threat Metric
Threat Level: 10/10
Infected PCs 89

‘METROPOLITAN POLICE Attention! Illegal activity was revealed!’ Ransomware Description

Screenshot'METROPOLITAN POLICE' Attention! Illegal activity was revealed! is a fake alert that's used by ransomware Trojans to intimidate you into paying a fraudulent fee. Trojans that use the "'METROPOLITAN POLICE' Attention! Illegal activity was revealed!" message will block you from using files, folders and various applications, while also threatening to delete your files. This threat isn't a reason to pay the "'METROPOLITAN POLICE' Attention! Illegal activity was revealed!" fine, however, since "'METROPOLITAN POLICE' Attention! Illegal activity was revealed!" is a mere bluff that the Trojan in question can't back up with action. Using Safe Mode with Command Prompt and appropriate anti-virus software can remove the "'METROPOLITAN POLICE' Attention! Illegal activity was revealed!" fake message and Trojans from your computer, without harming your data or program files.

How "'METROPOLITAN POLICE' Attention! Illegal activity was revealed!" Uses Fear of Law to Steal Your Money

"'METROPOLITAN POLICE' Attention! Illegal activity was revealed!" message is strongly reminiscent of similar ransomware Trojans like Trojan.Ransom Fake Federal German Police (BKA) notice variante. A Trojan that uses "'METROPOLITAN POLICE' Attention! Illegal activity was revealed!" warnings will attack your PC in a manner almost identical to that of an equivalent German Trojan, albeit with a modified message in English:

  • The installed Trojan will modify your desktop to display a fake Metropolitan police message. "'METROPOLITAN POLICE' Attention! Illegal activity was revealed!" message will claim that you've been caught trafficking in illegal files (such as child pornography) and threaten to delete the contents of your PC after 24 hours, unless a fine is paid. The initial message text reads as follows:

    ATTENTION! ILLEGAL ACTIVITY WAS REVEALED!
    Your operational system is locked as a result of Great Britain law violation!
    The following violations were revealed: your IP address was detected on illegal pornographic sites including child pornography, zoophilia and violent scenes with children!

Naturally, all "'METROPOLITAN POLICE' Attention! Illegal activity was revealed!" warnings are fake, and not the work of legitimate authorities. "'METROPOLITAN POLICE' Attention! Illegal activity was revealed!" alert can't detect illegal activities on your computer or IP address, and lacks the ability to delete your files, as "'METROPOLITAN POLICE' Attention! Illegal activity was revealed!" threatens to do in the rest of the fake alert.

  • The Trojan responsible for the "'METROPOLITAN POLICE' Attention! Illegal activity was revealed!" message will also lock your computer and prevent you from opening files or launching programs. "'METROPOLITAN POLICE' Attention! Illegal activity was revealed!" message can persist even in Safe Mode, but fortunately, there are ways to overcome this.

Do not Let "'METROPOLITAN POLICE' Attention! Illegal activity was revealed!" Handcuff Your PC

Paying the fines that "'METROPOLITAN POLICE' Attention! Illegal activity was revealed!" message pushes on you is an unnecessarily self-destructive action. Not only can "'METROPOLITAN POLICE' Attention! Illegal activity was revealed!" infections not delete your files, "'METROPOLITAN POLICE' Attention! Illegal activity was revealed!" alert can be removed with basic anti-malware strategies and software. Once "'METROPOLITAN POLICE' Attention! Illegal activity was revealed!" pop-up message and the Trojan that generates it are removed from your PC, all symptoms related to a "'METROPOLITAN POLICE' Attention! Illegal activity was revealed!" attack will likewise disappear.

Even though the Trojan that pops up the "'METROPOLITAN POLICE' Attention! Illegal activity was revealed!" message can keep your computer locked down in Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Command Prompt will let you make changes and prevent the Trojan infection from launching itself. After this, removing "'METROPOLITAN POLICE' Attention! Illegal activity was revealed!" alert and related Trojan is as simple as scanning your computer with a trustworthy security program.

File System Modifications

  • The following files were created in the system:
    # File Name
    1 [SET OF RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe

Registry Modifications

  • The following newly produced Registry Values are:
    HKEY..\..\..\..{Subkeys}HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\"Shell" = "[SET OF RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe"

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