One of the most widespread types of cyber scams being perpetrated against consumers these days involves “scareware”- those pop-up messages you see on your computer saying you’ve got a virus and all you have to do to get rid of it is buy the antivirus software being advertised.
And if you don’t buy it? The pop-ups continue unabated and, in some instances, the scareware renders all of the information on your computer inaccessible.
According to a release issued by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Department of Justice and the FBI announced “Operation Trident Tribunal,” a coordinated, international law-enforcement action that disrupted the activities of two international cyber crime rings involved in the sale of scareware. The groups are believed responsible for victimizing more than one million computer users and causing more than $74 million in total losses.