Microsoft network engineer faces charges linked to Reveton ransomware

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A Microsoft network engineer faces federal money laundering and conspiracy charges connected to Reveton ransomware.

What is Reveton ransomware?

After a computer was infected with Reveton ransomware, the screen would lock and a fake message purportedly from the FBI or other law enforcement agency would claim the user had violated federal law; viewing and/or distributing porn was often cited as the law which was violated. The user was informed that a fine had to be paid to unlock their PC.

The FBI regarded Reveton ransomware as “new” back in August 2012. The use of the FBI logo was so popular with this ransomware that some people referred to it as FBI ransomware.

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