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Author Topic: RansomeWare and Crime Update  (Read 118 times)
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« on: January 25, 2019, 04:02:07 PM »

very good 48 hours - very little crime to report.
 
NO BURGLARIES
 
AND
 
NO CARS BROKEN INTO
 
FIRST - A CASE OF RANSOME WARE.
 
It encrypts your entire computer.  You know if you are infected as you get a front screen, telling you your computer is infected and demanding money !  You cannot access anything on your computer, or get past the front screen cannot be recovered, without an encryption key. 
 
23/1  Wednesday 2 40 p.m.  Windsor.  The victim, passed the police to their IT support department.  The computer was infected when the victim opened an attachment to an email.  The attachment, ‘appeared’ to be an outstanding invoice, which had not been paid.  The victim passed this attachment to others in the office, to check if ‘the invoice’ had in fact been paid.
 
Four machines and three servers, have become infected with ‘Global Imposter version 2’.  For most residents, this is not a massive problem.  There is only one way to remove it without paying the ransom and that is to have your computer reformatted.  That means it is reset to factory settings - you lose everything.  If you are a business, that can be catastrophic.  If the Ransom is paid, it often is set to reappear 6 months later, so is an ongoing problem.
 
These fake emails are very clever and really do look genuine.  This is an old scam - sending an outstanding invoice to a business - which works really well.
 
BE ON YOUR GUARD
 
 
CRIME
MAIDENHEAD CENTRAL:
maidenheadcentralnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
 
RIVERSIDE & BELMONT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
 
MAIDENHEAD WEST
maidenheadwestnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
BISHAM, COOKHAM, HURLEY, THE WALTHAMS, LITTLEWICK GREEN & KNOWL HILL:
24/1  Thursday 10 a.m. / 4 p.m.  Temple Lane, Marlow.  Padlock cut from gate to a field.
23/1 - 24/1  Wednesday 6.30 p.m. / Thursday 5.45 a.m.  High Street, Hurley.  Car passenger window smashed - swimsuit stolen.
 
PINKNEYS GREEN & FURZE PLATT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
 
MAIDENHEAD SOUTH
maidenheadsouthnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
BOYN HILL, COX GREEN & WOODLANDS PARK:
23/1 - 24/1  Wednesday 6.30 p.m. / Thursday 6.55 a.m.  School, Shoppenhangers Road.  Break-in - possibly through small toilet window Search of first floor and glass smashed in 4 internal doors.  Nothing appears to have been stolen.
 
OLDFIELD & BRAY:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
 
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