|A new kind of phishing operation is targeting American ISPs and their subscribers. Scammers pretend to be anti-piracy tracking company IP-Echelon and various copyright owners, sending fake DMCA notices and settlement demands to Internet service providers. The law enforcement agencies have been notified and are currently looking into the case.
The scheme of copyright trolling is well-known worldwide: copyright holders monitor illegal downloads and send out harmless takedown notices, usually bundled with automated fines or settlement offers. This tactic is normally used by such anti-piracy outfits as Rightscorp and CEG TEK, but now another party has joined them in a very unusual way.
It all started with a Cox subscriber receiving a takedown notice from Lionsgate for alleged infringing file-sharing. The notice contained a settlement offer, where under threat of a lawsuit, the subscriber was asked to pay $150. However, neither Lionsgate nor its tracking company IP-Echelon are known to engage in this practice, and it turned out that these emails were part of a large phishing scam, which has at least one large ISP fooled.
The scam is quite successful. The email appeared to be legit enough for Cox Communications to forward it to their customers. The rest of the scam is even more convincing, since Cox forwards the notices to its customers from an official Cox address.
However, the domain mentioned in the notice is not owned by IP-Echelon, so the settlement money goes directly to the phishers. The tracking company is not happy to have its name exploited in this type of scam and has notified the U.S. law enforcement, which is currently investigating the matter.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.
Sunday, June 26th, 2016
|LoL. Ip-Echelon not happy. You can only blame yourself! Not the scumbag scammers fault for being smart enough to take advantage of all the copyright trolling from these highly corrupted anti-piracy outfits that work alongside corrupted Hollywood. I found this article very amusing.|
|posted by (2016-06-27 01:11:04)|
|I have had demands but they took the form of a browser hijack that required me to phone so that the 'piracy' was resolved - on such hijack was labelled as 268D3, another occurred but as I found a solution I took no note of the content. The hijack took the form of locking all browser activity, obviously attempting to force you into following their demands...|
BUT I found that there was a way out - The simplest solution is to disconnect from the internet (remove the networking cable from the rear of the computer) Close the offending TABS in the browser (I close all TABS to be sure) then reconnect all back to normal... OR boot in Safe Mode (Windows F8 key during boot) WITHOUT NETWORK, once in SAFEMODE open the Browser that was locked and close all the TABS then reboot in normal mode and the Hijack should be gone
|It's good to know a way out from locked browser, Thanks. I really hate SCAMMERS.|
|posted by (2016-06-27 12:12:46)|
|LOL, locking a browser? Just re-install it or whatever. Sending you emails?? How they gonna do that when I don't have an email? LOL|
|A simple solution to these fake DMCA notices is to treat them exactly the same way you should with a legit one...ignore them!|
|Scammers and DMCA have the same tactics. What does that tell us??|
|Just like adware and malware. No difference as far as I can tell. The method for entry to your system similar. And the goal to get your credit card numbers,and drain your accounts, the only difference is at this point the malware guys are honest "we came to rip you off and empty your wallet".|
The adware guys keep lying and trying to shove more crap into your computer until its so jammed with command level crap that finally it cant even start. I have had so many peeps bring me "dead" machines. And instead they were just constipated.
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