Department of Justice Virus (DOJ Virus) Attacks Thousands of Android Users And Asks for $300 Fine!
Department of Justice Virus (as known as DOJ Virus) is a total fraud designed by cyber criminals to extort money from innocent users. Now this virus can attack more than computers. It can also infect Android devices like your Smartphones and tablets. Compared with Apple product like iPad or iPhone which is very restrictive about the software it will allow in the iTunes App Store, Android is an open operating system. That means anyone can create an app and put it out there for people to load. So it gives Android users more choices on where they get their apps, but on the other hand, it also gives criminals an opportunity to infect more and more Android users.
Department of Justice Virus $300 Scam Description:
Department of Justice Virus (also called DOJ Virus) is a malicious malware that performs the same evil activities on your computer or android device like Mandiant U.S.A. Cyber Security Virus or FBI Virus. Instead of stealing your personal information, criminals are holding it hostage. It locks your smartphone or tablet and you can’t get it back until you pay a non-existent ransom.
“I was viewing a YouTube video on my phone, and then suddenly a pop up came up asking me to install Adobe Flash Player, so I allowed it. But after 5 seconds another screen with the headline “The United States Department of Justice” appeared and it locked me out of my Samsung S5 now. That is crazy! It stated that I had been viewing child pornography and I had committed copyright infringements and in order to get my phone unlocked, I have to pay a fine of $300 via Moneypak in 48 hours or else I would be charged with crime. Of course my first reaction was intense fear and thought it was better to pay. But after I searched more about this situation and it figured that DOJ is a scam. Fortunately I didn’t pay for it but I cannot use my phone at all because of the fake DOJ virus page. It seems the virus disabled all the function buttons on my phone. I tried to press the menu button, power button a million times but it just didn’t go away. So how to unlock my Samsung Galaxy S5 from Department of Justice Virus?”
Almost every victim who got infected by DOJ virus will have the same experience like we mentioned above. Bad guys behind this malware also produce many malicious apps and try to distribute them all over the Internet. Usually if you stick with apps from the Google Play store, you can avoid being infected with this type of ransomware. But if you always download app from other resources, you can be the target of Department of Justice Virus.
Once the virus is installed, your smartphone or tablet will be locked and it pops up a fake message saying that ATTENTION! Your phone has been blocked for safety reasons!. At first glance, the message is so real and it is supposed to be a notification from the U.S. Department of Justice, Central Intelligence Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, or whatever law enforcement organization in your locality, but in reality it has nothing to do with any legitimate authority. It is created by cyber criminals who hope to extort a huge amount of money from people who are eager to regain control of the device.
So on the fake locked page, you will see this virus asks you pay a fine of $300 using MoneyPak, Moneygram or GreenDot Moneypak. Payment through these pre-paid cards can make victims unable to trace the money. Please note that real DOJ won’t punish a guilty person by locking his mobile device and ask for any money. Apparently, Department of Justice Virus is no more than a scam that should be removed manually.
This Mobile Fraud Can Perform Many Evil Activities On Your Phone/Tablet:
- Lock up the entire system and forbid users to make a phone call or do anything on the phone.
- Download other dodgy apps in the background that could erase all data in your devices including your files, documents, photos, contacts and videos.
- Create vulnerabilities in your phone that may collect your information like your browsing history, phone IMEI, contacts information and others.
- Scan for banking apps from major financial institutions and upload the results to the attacker’s server.
DOJ Virus Scam Distribution:
Department of Justice ransomware can be downloaded on an android phone or tablet as the form of an APK (Android application package). Often, the app will disguise itself as an antivirus app or a video player program which brings you more fun. It uses many ways to trick you into downloading it. You may get it by clicking the malicious links sent from your contacts, visiting shady website, or downloading other apps. We suggest users ONLY download apps from trustworthy sources. Install a mobile security app on all mobile devices to detect these threats before they are opened.
Why You Get Your Phone/Tablet Infected?
As we all know that Android is the most popular operating system for smartphones, therefore it gives a big chance to the viruses developers to play their tricks and earn money from android users. They create many malicious apps target Android and distribute them all over the Internet or even get them bundled with other reliable apps to wait for users to download. Also drive-by-download sites can be another reason for android users to get DOJ virus installed. Those sites contain many potentially malicious app files which can be downloaded on target devices without user’s permission. Once downloaded, Department of Justice Virus will start its malicious activities by locking the compromised device and preventing users from using the phone anymore. Therefore, conscientious app download and safe browse are always needed when you are on android device.
Tips to Keep Your Android Device Safe:
There are a few things you can do to defend yourself against DOJ virus.
1. Pay attention to app you are trying to install. You should always be judicious about what apps you are going to download and where you download them from. The safest bet is to stick with downloading well-known apps from reputable markets like Google Play in addition to having a security app.
2. Avoid going to phishing website or pornographic sites. There are plenty of viruses contained in these shady website they could get you to enter personal data and/or credit card details. Users should be away from these sites or their devices will be easy to get infected without awareness.
3. Install an reliable antivirus program. An antivirus program can help you block most suspicious app from installing on your device, it minimizes the risk of being infected with DOJ virus.
How to Unlock Phone/Tablet From Department of Justice Virus?
1. Restart your android phone/tablet to safe mode.
On a Cell Phone, Safe Mode is a mode that allows a phone to load all the default settings and software the phone originally came with. Therefore, third-party app won’t be activated in this mode so virus won’t pop up.
Guides to get to safe mode:
For Samsung Phones:
With the device powered off, press and hold the Power button (located on the right edge) until the Samsung logo appears then release.
With the Samsung on the screen, press and hold the Menu button Menu (located in the lower-left) until safe Mode displays in the lower left then release.
For LG Phones:
With device powered down, press and hold the Power button until the LG logo appears then release.
With the LG logo still on screen, press and hold the Volume down button (located on the left-edge of the device).
Continue to hold Volume down button until ‘Safe mode’ appears in the lower-left of the unlock screen then release.
Note: The process may take up to 45 seconds to complete.
For HTC Phones:
With the phone powered off, press and hold the “Power” button for a couple of seconds to turn the device back on.
When the HTC logo appears on the screen, press and hold the “Volume Down” button.
Continue holding the “Volume Down” button until the Android OS is completely loaded.
By following the above guide, users will see “Safe Mode” appears in the lower left-hand corner of the screen on Android phones just like the picture shows:
2. Uninstall the malicious app that brings DOJ virus under Application Manager.
3. Reboot your phone to normal mode.
4. If you have any trouble locating or uninstalling the virus app or cannot get your device to safe mode, you can contact YooCare Expert Now.
Department of Justice virus is closely associated with Trojan Koler, also known as the DOJ $300 virus. It is a new breed of “ransomware” that can lock the users out of their android devices against their wills. Usually this malware is distributed through malicious webpages or even infected websites that have been hacked by the hackers responsible for making Koler in the first place for the sake of scamming unsuspecting Android users to pony up some cash. Before it sneaks into the compromised phones, users usually get a pop up asking if they want to install a special “video player” app on the phone, that’s where the DOJ Virus hides. Please note, the ‘video’ thing is nothing helpful, even this app isn’t allowed by the Google Play Store. So Smartphone users should not follow the instruction to allow the installation to continue because it will help install Department of Justice virus to the target device. Install apps only from Google Play or other reputable app stores. Never be a victim of DOJ Scam, if you have got the virus, please follow the above guide to erase it from your phone or tablet as quickly as possible.
Do you have a problem on booting to safe mode? Cannot uninstall the virus app from Application Manager? Please start a live chat with YooCare Expert now to get this problem solved!