Three people arrested over "Police ransomware" computer attacks [VIDEO]

Filed Under: Featured, Law & order, Malware, Ransomware

Money. Image from ShutterstockThe Metropolitan Police have arrested two men and a woman in connection with a spate of computer attacks that have held innocent internet users to ransom.

Ransomware is malicious software that locks you out of your computer or your data, and demands money to let you back in.

One "brand" of ransomware, widely known as Reveton, has been very widely circulated in recent months pretending to be a warning from your country's national police service, locking you out of your PC, and threatening criminal proceedings within 48 hours - usually for unspecified copyright offences.

According to a police press release, officers from the Police Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU), assisted by colleagues from Staffordshire Police, searched three properties yesterday in connection with the ransomware attacks.

A 34-year-old man and 30-year-old woman from Stoke on Trent have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud, money laundering and possession of items for use in fraud. Additionally, a 26-year-old man also from Stoke on Trent was also arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud. All three are currently in custody at a Staffordshire police station.

Naked Security's Paul Ducklin demonstrates ransomware in the following video:

(Enjoy this video? Check out more on the SophosLabs YouTube channel.)

For a deeper understanding of ransomware, check out some of our recent articles on the subject:

Money image from Shutterstock.

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3 Responses to Three people arrested over "Police ransomware" computer attacks [VIDEO]

  1. Damn it, I hate hackers! what is the point? I am glad the police got them and I hope they get what they deserve! Good job police.

  2. Renee · 814 days ago

    That is retarded! Without hackers, we wouldn't be advanced technologically as much or as quick as we have! Duh!

    • Jeff · 62 days ago

      And without illnesses we wouldn't have the great medical breakthroughs!

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Graham Cluley runs his own award-winning computer security blog at, and is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and gives computer security presentations. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley