Scammers Using Mock Copyright Lawsuit Threats To Get People To Download Malware

from the copying-the-best-in-the-business dept

With companies like Digiprotect, Davenport Lyons and ACS:Law busy sending out tens of thousands of so-called pre-settlement letters that threaten people (often on very little evidence, if any) of copyright infringement, but allow them to pay up to avoid a lawsuit, is it any surprise that out-and-out scammers are jumping into the game as well? Ben alerts us to a warning from US-CERT of a new email scam, which involves the scammers sending out legitimate looking emails pretending to be from a law firm, telling the recipients they’re being sued for copyright infringement. The details are supposedly in a file at a URL provided in the email. When a visitor goes to that URL and downloads the file, they get malware instead. Yes, it appears that the malware scammers are now learning from the best in the business…

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Anonymous Coward says:

How long before the scammers start downloading copyright material to your computer so that the three strike rules kick in. After two offenses (or an assumed amount of time) they then send you an email saying pay up or next time you lose your Internet connection.

I might go write that program cause it shouldn’t be very hard now should it.

Anonymous Coward says:

They don’t even need to download or share copywrite material to / from your computer they just need to write some code so your ip address shows up on p2p or torrent software. The lawyers will assume infringement, sue and get rich and have you kicked off the net or in the case of the scammer send out emails demanding to get paid before they get you kicked off. It’s the same which ever way you look at it.

Skeptical Cynic (profile) says:

This could turn even worse.

Imagine if the scammers instead send you to a link to pay up for the violations?

“We have found that you have uploaded x thousands of files so your fine is going to $5,000,000 but we will settle this for $500.00 if you pay in the next 24 hours.”

They could use one of the many overseas corrupt credit card processors to take you card number charge you the $500 then sell your number of the underground market.

btr1701 (profile) says:

You'd think...

…that these people would take the time to at least present a decent mock-up of a legal demand letter.

No legitimate law firm is going to send out correspondence that both capitalizes and misspells “Pretrail Conference”.

And this sentence sounds like it was written by a 5-year-old:

“The reason the lawsuit was filed was due to
a completely inadequate response from your company
for copyright infrigement that our client Touchstone
Advisories Inc is a victim of Copyright infrigement”

No punctuation, random words capitalized, and basically nonsensical. It’s almost as if English isn’t the author’s native language…

Anyone who falls for this and thinks a real law firm put this out needs to have their head examined.

WammerJammer (profile) says:

Funny

What’s the big deal? If they were stupid enough to worry about an email instead of an actual delivered subpoena to appear in court, then they deserve what they got. How stupid!! Worrying about an email. I get tons of stupid emails saying I won the lottery and some Attorney in the UK is holding my money. In my case I am somewhat known in programming circles and as a result I constantly get emails saying some engineer name Klaus or something like that worked on a project with me and in appreciation of my friendship has left me million of pounds. All of these emails come from the UK and recently started coming from Nigeria. Stupid people to even respond to an email like that.

Rekrul says:

The details are supposedly in a file at a URL provided in the email. When a visitor goes to that URL and downloads the file, they get malware instead.

How do you get malware from just downloading a file? Unless it’s an EXE file and you’re stupid enough to believe that a law firm would ask you to download and run a program. Of course, comsidering the complete cluelessness of today computer “users”, it wouldn’t surprise me if this is exactly what they’re doing…

They don’t even need to download or share copywrite material to / from your computer they just need to write some code so your ip address shows up on p2p or torrent software.

Why go to all that trouble, when you can just a screenshot and plain-text log file to show an IP address you want?

Rekrul says:

Re: Re: Re:

How is a screenshot or plain text file infringing? Well maybe to lawyers!

The screenshot or plain text file aren’t infringing in themselves. That is the kind of “evidence” that is used in copyright infringement cases. You get accused of infringement, dragged into court and the anti-piracy groups show up with screenshots and log files as “proof” that your IP address was the one sharing the files.

I suppose in some cases, they get an order to copy your drive and look through it for evidence, but at the start of the case, all they have are (easily faked) screenshots and log files.

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Deced1 (profile) says:

Lawsuit Scam

Has anyone been the victim this scam? Someone from an “Unknown” number calls you and tells you that you are being sued for non payment of a loan? Somehow these people got my email address, SSN#, address, work number and other info. I called the FBI, yes the FBI, who then gave me the number to the FTC,( Federal Trades Commission.) I filed with them and they have put my SSN# and ALL my information on a security watch. Creditors have been notified, among other people. I hope this info is helpful to you. Be safe and live well.

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