If you are the owner of a website or run your own blog, be aware of a new malware attack that is targeting website and blog owners in the form of a fake DMCA claim notice.
The emails, usually sent through the website contact form, are claiming that the website or blog owner is in violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and that images or media used on the website belong to the scammer. The emails include a link to what is described as a portfolio of work proving that images or media used on the target website belong to the scammer, and encourages the target to click on the link to verify.
The link, in reality, is a malware link that will immediately begin to download malware to the target computer, putting all of their devices at risk, as well as confidential data including login credentials, banking details, and other personal information.
Ideal Technologies, as always, encourages users to never click on links in emails unless they know the sender and have verified that the sender sent them a link. We have included a copy of the scam email below that was reported from one of our web design clients for reference.
My name is Omar.
Your website or a website that your organization hosts is infringing on a copyright protected images owned by myself.
Check out this document with the links to my images you utilized at www.[…….].com and my previous publication to obtain the evidence of my copyrights.
Download it now and check this out for yourself:
I think you’ve willfully violated my rights under 17 USC Sec. 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damage as high as $150,000 as set-forth in Sec. 504 (c)(2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”) therein.
This letter is official notice. I seek the elimination of the infringing materials described above. Please be aware as a service provider, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act demands you, to eliminate or disable access to the copyrighted content upon receipt of this notification letter. In case you do not stop the utilization of the previously mentioned copyrighted materials a court action can be commenced against you.
I have a good self-belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as presumably violating is not permitted by the copyright proprietor, its agent, as well as legislation.
I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in this letter is correct and that I am the legal copyright proprietor or am certified to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly violated.
Be on the alert, this is a scam, and engaging with the links in the email can result in malware being downloaded and deployed to your system!
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