BitTorrent users beware: malware tries (and succeeds!) to extort money
The malware installs itself in the usual manner -- an email attachment, an unpatched web browser -- and then pops up a 'Copyright violation alert' (see above). It seems to scan your hard drive for traces of illegal software -- .torrent files, seemingly -- so as to add some credibility to the claim that you've broken the law.
But that's not all! This is the best bit: you are then asked if you want to go to trial to defend your illegal act... or opt for the $400 pre-trial settlement (screenshot after the break):
Suffice it to say, the 'company' behind the malware scam, 'ICCP online' is nothing but a sham! Take a look at their sitethough, and take a closer look at the screenshot at the top of this post -- it really is quite a good scam!