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• CONSUMER ALERT: Beware Computer Ransomware Scams

        

CONSUMER ALERT: Beware Computer Ransomware Scams

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette warns of Ransomware scams that can encrypt or lock files on a computer in the latest Consumer Alert.

 "Every day cyber criminals are devising new ways to scam consumers," said Schuette.  "I urge Michigan residents to be wary of emails from unrecognized sources and encourage consumers to use our helpful suggestions to protect themselves and their personal information from cyber scams."

Ransomware viruses lock files on personal computers and also files on shared networks, USB drives, and external hard drives. Once downloaded, the criminals behind these scams demand a "ransom" be paid or the computer's files will remain encrypted and be lost to the victim. Victims are told that if they pay, their files will be unlocked but some victims reported losing their files even after they paid the ransom. Two popular Ransomware programs include CryptoLocker and CryptoDefense. CryptoLocker typically infects victims' computers through fraudulent email attachments. CryptoDefense generally spreads through fake flash pop-ups prompting the user to view a video or via emails with zip file attachments.

 To access the full Attorney General Consumer Alert, "Computer Ransomware -  Holding Your Files Hostage," visit http://1.usa.gov/1kXNM3J.

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            LANSING - Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette today warned consumers of Ransomware scams that can encrypt or lock files on a computer.

"Every day cyber criminals are devising new ways to scam consumers," said Schuette.  "I urge Michigan residents to be wary of emails from unrecognized sources and encourage consumers to use our helpful suggestions to protect themselves and their personal information from cyber scams."


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April 10, 2014

LANSING -
Attorney General Bill Schuette and Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Director Steve Arwood today announced that Specialty Medicine Compounding Pharmacy, of South Lyon, and its owner Kenny Walkup, will pay $100,000 in state fines and the formal sanctions of license revocation for Walkup and permanent surrender for Specialty Medicine.



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