Have You Recently Been Accused of a Florida Computer Crime? Watch Out – It Could Be The Reveton Virus At Work!

August 13, 2012 by David S. Seltzer

There is a vicious type of “drive-by” virus going around that may lead you to believe that you’ve committed a Florida computer crime.

The FBI and the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) are on the case, but many unsuspecting people in Florida and elsewhere are still being conned out of money and potentially and unwittingly putting their credit card information and other personal information assets at risk.

According to FBI reports, the so-called Reveton ransomware locks up users’ computers and then intimidates computer owners by accusing them of committing a violation of federal computer law. The virus then orders the user to pay a fine through special card service.

Similar types of ransomware and malware abound out there, but they usually behave in more sneaky fashion. For instance, you might not notice that you’ve contracted malware -- it can essentially hatch and wreak havoc on your computer (and your nerves) days or even weeks later.

The Reveton ransomware, however, is about as subtle as the grunts of an Olympic shot putter.

It hits the computer immediately. Once computer locks up, a message comes on saying that you’ve violated federal computer law -- possibly with respect to child pornography.

Reveton has been operating since 2011 via a malware platform known as Citadel. Despite IC3 warnings, the malware has spread both here in the United States and internationally.

The Internet Crime Compliant Center tells virus victims to avoid paying the alleged fine. Instead, you should contact a trustworthy IT professional at your office/organization or go to a respectable company, such as F-Secure, for a detailed help on what to do to extract the virus from your computer.

What if you or someone you care about stands accused of a Florida computer crime?

Defending against a cyber crime charge can be even more complicated than defending against the consequences of being victimized by such a crime. Even if your operation was controlled -- you knew everyone involved and kept meticulous records -- criminal enterprises have a curious way of spiraling well beyond their scope. You can thus potentially get you into far more trouble than you realized you could.

For instance, say you trusted an operative to extract Social Security numbers or login information from users online. That operative went onto commit other crimes while working under your aegis. In this case, you could face charges based on his/her ancillary activities, even if you didn’t know about them or support them.

Likewise, you may not be fully aware of how many laws you violated -- or what the consequences might be for violating those laws -- even if you did know that you were engaging in something illegal or, at the very least, ethically dicey.

Getting organized for your defense

The team here at Seltzer Law, PA, can help you understand your Florida criminal charges and prepare you effectively and strategically for your legal challenges. Connect with us at 1-888-THE-DEFENSE (1-888-843-3333), any time of day or night, for a compassionate and thorough free consultation.