I have an iPhone 6. Earlier today I accidentally clicked on an inappropriate website on my iPhone and then I’ve got a ukash phishing message titled with data://(null) in my safari browser which blocked my Internet access. It said “ATTENTION! Your mobile device has been blocked up for safety reasons. AUDIO AND VIDEO RECORDING IN PROGRESS. Amount of fine is 250$. You can settle the fine with PayPal My Cash Cards. TYPE YOUR CODE (250$ PayPal My Cash Card) AND PRESS ‘OK'” If I clicked Cancel, I got a long list of places where I can use PayPal. If I clicked OK on that, it just keeps repeating the same screen. Rebooting does not cure the problem but I am still able to use other apps. The data://(null) message also said that if I don’t pay for the fine it will block my Apple ID and my phone in 24 hours. I am really scared because I don’t know if this pop-up is real or just a virus. Is this a common thing? How to safely remove this virus?
What is data://(null) virus on iPad/iPhone?
According to news reports and complaints on Apple Support forums, owners of iPhones and iPads are having their Safari or Chrome locked by a data://(null) virus message. The hacks appear to affect mainly iPhone and iPad users in Australia, UK and Canada, though there are reports of similar incidents in the US and other European countries. Data://(null) message is considered to be a part of Ransomware that is similar to Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) Ukash virus in Canada, Australian Federal Police Ukash virus in Australia, and FBI virus in United States. This scam has been running for a number of months and certainly isn’t new. However, the attack is still going on because the scammers are trying to get as much money as possible from the innocent users.
“I opened up safari today on my iphone 5c and got the fake data://(null) notification asking me to pay a $500 fine for child porn to unlock my phone. I turned off the phone immediately because I knew it was fake. But when I turned it on the message was still there and won’t go away. I searched on the Internet and knew that this can be resolved on an android phone or a Mac, but I couldn’t find any answers here or anywhere else regarding this issue on an iphone 5c, and I’m afraid to use my phone now until I get it resolved. I would really appreciate quick help if possible because I need to use my phone! Thanks.”
“When I was browsing a website, suddenly a data://(null) page popped up on my iPad and told me I was being accused of illegal activity and I have to pay a fine of $500 within the next 48 hours or it would block my Apple ID. I immediately went to google and searched to see if it was real, and how to get rid of it. Apparently its only happened on Macs and Androids and mostly computers not on an iPhone. Can someone help me get rid of this?”
“Hi I was on the Internet on my iPhone when the message popped up for fbi and saying I had to pay the $200 fine and accusing me of all stuff like child pornogrophy and other illegal stuff which freaked me out because I did no such thing. How do I get rid of it?”
As long as the fake data://(null) virus message is showing up on the device, you will not be able to use Safari and browse the web anymore. This virus also can hijack Google Chrome browser. A lot of people get freaked out and may think that the message is real since they can not seem to get rid of it, and another reason is that the message seems to have all your information. It can tell you where you are located and even show your IP address. The data://(null) pop up falsely lists some crimes involving copyright and related rights law violations, distribution of prohibited pornographic content and misleads users into thinking this is a warning from law enforcement. And then it requests them to pay a fine that ranges from $100, $200, $250, $300, to $500 through Paypal or Paysafecard. It says the user can buy the card at “any shops or gas station,” as long as loading it with certain hundreds of dollars, and then entering the card’s code in browser, Safari will be unlocked immediately.
Actually the data://(null) message has nothing to do with reputable and well known police organization of the country. Police will never send you such warning or lock your browser alleging you’re guilty of a crime and ask you to pay something on the internet. If you’re suspected of child pornography or the other federal crimes this scam mentions, the police will be knocking on your door rather than simply blocking your Internet access. As mentioned above, you should know that data://(null) pop-up message is a malware designed to rip people off. There is no guarantee that paying the fine really helps to lock out of Safari and gain access to Internet back but it is surely that it will lead you to money loss and in some cases your personal information can be compromised. This Ransomware can pop up immediately to block the Internet on your iphone, ipod or ipad once you visited a phishing site, opened a junk e-mail attachment, clicked on an unknown link or downloaded an application from an unsafe source. You should avoid doing this and if your browser is hijacked by data://(null) message, you should delete it manually as quickly as possible.
Data://(null) virus pop-up screenshot:
You certainly don’t want Data://(null) Virus to ruin your iPhone, iPod or iPad because this malware can:
- Block your Internet access and falsely claim that you’ve violated the law of local office by visiting illegal information online.
- Prevent you from accessing Safari or Chrome except for paying the requested fine through prepaid cards like Paypal, Paysafecard, Ukash or Moneypak.
- Create vulnerabilities in your tablet/phone that may collect your information like your browsing history, phone IMEI, Apple ID, contacts information and others.
Tips to protect your Apple devices:
There are a few things you can do to defend yourself against Data://(null) virus message.
1. Don’t jailbreak your iPhone, iPad or iPod. While jailbreaking can provide you with plenty of options to increase the functionality of your device, it can also cause many bad things to your device and make it work unexpectedly.
2. 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 App Store.
3. 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.
4. Never click on any suspicious pop-ups on your browser because it will redirect you to malicious websites and install harmful apps to your device without your permission.
How to remove data://(null) virus from iPhone/iPad completely?
If you have the misfortune to receive the data://(null) ransomware message, do not pay the ransom or contact the hacker in any way. This virus only can be removed manually. Contact online experts for help now to unlock your device immediately.