Viral Extortion

As described here, Kenzero is a diabolical Trojan virus that blackmails Internet porn users with their  browsing histories.  As described in the linked article from The Telegraph it enters a computer when a user downloads sexually “explicit Hentai anime” (Googling the term was as far as I wanted to go). It then activates,

popping up an installation screen that prompts the computer user to type in personal information. The virus then takes screengrabs of a user’s browsing history, and publishes a list of all the sites they have visited online. A dialog box or email is then sent to the user, demanding a credit card payment of around £10 to remove the list from the internet.

The article does not say whether those responsible for the virus actually remove the incriminating browsing history.  Two morals:  keep your virus software up-to-date, and if downloaded porn asks you for your name, just say no.

3 Replies to “Viral Extortion”

  1. Efren

    Have you ever considered creating an ebook or guest authoring on other websites?
    I have a blog centered on the same ideas you discuss and would really like to have you share some stories/information. I know
    my viewers would appreciate your work. If you’re even remotely interested, feel
    free to send me an e-mail.

  2. Floy

    Nice post. I learn something new and challenging on blogs I
    stumbleupon everyday. It will always be interesting to read
    content from other writers and practice a little something from their sites.

  3. monica chuang

    If a similar virus to this does pop up on your lap top, does it mean that you have to pay or could you actually remove it? Is someone actually sitting behind a computer, controlling this virus? I don't understand how this would work.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.