SOPA! The bill — that was quashed before it practically tried and made the internet illegal — is BACK now.
Instead of a piece of legislation, though, hackers now have brought the failed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) back to center stage as a nasty virus.
Carrying USA government seals to make it all look official, now the SOPA virus will not only infect your computer; it will also lock down your system — and you will be offered to unlock it for $200.
Dubbed “ransomware”, the new SOPA virus leaves a message, which reads, “your computer is locked,” all data has been encrypted and that only by paying a $200 ransom.
Victims — who reared this virus — are told that they have been added to the “SOPA Black List” for downloading or distributing either software, audio or video files protected by current copyright law, or for sharing materials illegal under in the US (such as child pornography or Phishing softwares).
“As a result of these infringements based on Stop Online Piracy Act (H.R. 3261) your PC and files are now blocked,” the warning also reads.
“In 24 hours we will send your unlock code once payment is verified,” the hackers write.
“WARNING!!!: If you don’t pay the fine within 72 HOURS at the amount of 200 USD, all your computer data will be erased — the hacker added.”
Experts are claiming – courtesy of TorrentFreak – that if you want to get rid of this virus ASAP, you can Google “Stop online piracy Automatic protection system removal,” and that might help you out.