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Feds warn ransomware from porn websites attacking devices

July 21, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Feds warn ransomware from porn websites attacking devices

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Federal officials urge caution, even porn can give you a virus.

The United States Marshals Service based in Washington D.C. has sent out a warning to iPad and iPhone users across the nation urging them to be cautious of malicious software, also known as ransomware, which has threatened users’ devices after visiting certain porn websites.

According to the Houston Chronicle, the ransomware has the capacity to overpower the device’s operating system and subsequently shows the user a message that claims it is from the U.S. Marshals Service, saying that the agency is aware the user has viewed child pornography.

Furthermore, the ransomware tells the user to pay a fee in order to regain access to the device and to avoid punishment.

A statement released by the agency reads: “Do not pay the requested fee. The U.S. Marshals Service does not conduct such activity.”

Government officials are asking that those who have been affected by the scam report it to their phone carrier or the FBI immediately.

Officials have also indicated that they have not asked callers which websites they were on.

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