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• CONSUMER ALERT: Beware Computer Ransomware Scams


CONSUMER ALERT: Beware Computer Ransomware Scams Ransomware consumer alert pic      

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 -Attorney General Bill Schuette today praised a 6-2 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold Article I, Section 26 of the Michigan Constitution, otherwise known as the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative (MCRI).   

"Today's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court is monumental.  The ruling is a victory for the Constitution, a victory for Michigan citizens, and a victory for the rule of law.

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            LANSING - Attorney General Bill Schuette today announced that his Criminal Division has charged Jacob Perritt, 35, of St. Clair, with one count of Using a Computer to Commit a Crime, a seven year felony, and one count of Soliciting a Minor for Immoral Purposes, a four year felony for allegedly soliciting a minor for sex via Facebook.

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