Cheshire Police Authority Ransomware

Posted: February 22, 2013

Cheshire Police Authority Ransomware Description

System Progressive Protection Screenshot 1A spinoff of preexisting Police Trojans, Cheshire Police Authority Ransomware has a police pop-up warning with new details specific to British victims, but otherwise is identical to other PC threats that lock your computer in exchange for a ransom. Cheshire Police Authority Ransomware claims to have caught you in the act of using your PC for illegal purposes, but Cheshire Police Authority Ransomware actually is installed on random targets and isn't linked to any type of police force. Although Cheshire Police Authority Ransomware will block you from using your PC while Cheshire Police Authority Ransomware is open, malware experts don't recommend paying the ransom that Cheshire Police Authority Ransomware demands – instead, you should remove Cheshire Police Authority Ransomware with a suitable anti-malware program.

The Tarnish on Cheshire Police Authority Ransomware's Not-So-Impeccable Badge

Cheshire Police Authority Ransomware is a variant of past PC threats and displays a fake pop-up warning for residents of the United Kingdom. While some of the symbolism that this pop-up includes is specific to that country, most of its format is identical to previous types of Police ransomware Trojans that malware researchers have analyzed, such as Police Central e-crime Unit (PCEU) Ransomware, the FBI Cybercrime Division Virus, the CIBS Pol Virus, Polizia Penitenziaria Ransomware, the International Cyber Security Protection Alliance Virus, Rikspolisstyrelsen Ransomware and the United Kingdom Police Ukash Virus. Police Trojan malware like Cheshire Police Authority Ransomware is a global phenomenon, with a particular emphasis on countries in Europe, as well as the United States.

Once Cheshire Police Authority Ransomware is installed (an attack that usually is handled by website-based exploits), Cheshire Police Authority Ransomware generates a borderless HTML pop-up that covers your screen and remains on top of your desktop. The contents of Cheshire Police Authority Ransomware's pop-up warns you that you've violated various laws related to copyright protection and online behavior, and, as a result, may even face jail time. However, malware experts are quick to note that Cheshire Police Authority Ransomware cannot send you to jail and isn't associated with the Cheshire Police Authority (or any other type of police).

Throwing Your Crooked Copper into the Recycling Bin

Cheshire Police Authority Ransomware's threats, although unable to be backed up with any type of legal action, is a simple social engineering attack that encourages victims to pay a Paysafecard or Ukash fee. Instead of rewarding criminals for their misbehavior without any benefits for your PC, malware experts suggest disabling Cheshire Police Authority Ransomware without trying to pay Cheshire Police Authority Ransomware off for its trouble. Safe Mode or an OS loaded from a removable hard drive can help you access Windows without also launching Cheshire Police Authority Ransomware.

Cheshire Police Authority Ransomware will block you from using most other programs on your computer, and should be considered a security hazard to be removed immediately. Anti-malware applications capable of dealing with PC threats similar to Cheshire Police Authority Ransomware should be able to remove Cheshire Police Authority Ransomware, as well – provided that Cheshire Police Authority Ransomware is disabled in the first place.

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Technical Details

Additional Information

The following messages's were detected:
# Message
1United Kingdom Police
Metropolitan Police – PCEU
Cheshire Police Authority
ATTENTION! Your PC is blocked due tout least one of the reasons specified below.
You have been violating. Copyright and Related Rights Law. (Video, Music, Software) and illegally using or distributing copyrighted content, thus infringing Article 128 of the Criminal Code of Great Britain.
The amount of fine is £100. You can pay a fine Ukash or PaySafeCard.
When you pay the fine, your PC will get unlocked in Ito 72 hours after the money is put into the State’s account. Since your PC is unlocked, you will be given 7 days to correct all violations. In case all violations are not corrected after 7 working days, your PC will be blocked again, and a criminal case will be initiated against you automatically under one or more articles specified above.

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