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    Watch out BitTorrent users, you may be at risk of being financially scammed

    There is a new scam on the net affecting BitTorrent users, in an effort to try and extort cash from unsuspecting users. A hacking entity has formed a fake organization called ICPP Foundation which claims to be an online intellectual copyright organization partnering with real copyright from such as the RIAA, MPAA, Copyright Alliance and a few other well-known organizations. With all the hub-bub about illegal downloading, they are capitalizing on the fear BitTorrent users endure when they download illegal content. The malware program comes attached to programs and plants itself into the PC user’s administration Application Data folder (C:\Documents and Settings\{USERNAME}\Application Data\IQManager\iqmanager.exe). When the virus activates, it scans the entire system specifically for .torrent files (legit or not) and then launches a fake application. The app listed all the “illegal” torrents and tells users why the files are illegal, with a full spread HTML evidence list.
    The program gives you the option of either suffering legal consequences or pay a small fee close to $400 to waive the lawsuit (common sense alone tells you that can’t be right). If users choose to ignore the message, the system will display it every time the system reboots. Users who are afraid and want to pay are directed to a payment screen which asks for personal information such as your name, credit card info and other sensitive details. The system does not carry out the $400 credit card transaction, but still sends the data to the scammers, allowing them to carry out fraudulent activities with the newfound info.
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    a bit old but...April 13th, 2010

    lol one of the comments
    THIS IS THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT! THIEVES STEALING FROM PIRATES?

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    Thanks cile! Good info considering im a bittorrent user!
    And it's a clever scam! Who ever thought of it is a criminal
    genius! Given the length's they've gone to.



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    Yeah that's not too shabby lol. Love that quote "THIS IS THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT! THIEVES STEALING FROM PIRATES?"

    Thanks Cile, another great submission.
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    Perhaps cile can be another news hound!
    What dya think mods?



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    People who think they'd be bugged by the government and then scanned deserve to fall for this.

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    ICPP huh? lol no?.... wow I'm the only one to pick that up.... ok Thanks for the info cile. It's just poorly executed social engineering imo. extortion is illegal too after all. not to mention threats of legal action, and impersonation of legal representation or a gov't agency. Not too well thought out.

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