Millionaire Targeted in Computer Virus – Related Scam, Sophos Reports

MUMBAI / BANGALORE, India – November 10, 2010 – IT security and control firm Sophos has today reported that, US court has heard a couple conned at least $6 million from the great-grandson of an oil industry tycoon after he brought his virus-infected computer in for repair.

 

Although the victim’s name has not been released by the authorities, media reports have named him as jazz pianist and composer Roger Davidson, an heir of oil tycoon Conrad Schlumberger.  According to reports, prosecutors in Westchester (NY), have charged 36-year-old Vickram Bedi and his girlfriend Helga Invarsdottir.  The couple are said to have tricked the composer into believing that, while investigating the virus, they had found evidence that his life was in danger – concocting a story that the virus had been tracked to a hard drive in Honduras, and that evidence had been found that the composer’s life was in danger.

 

Stories don’t get much more farfetched and oddball than this, but they do underline the importance for all of us to be on guard against scams,” said Graham Cluley, Senior Technology Consultant at Sophos.  “Savvy computer users may be clued-up enough to dismiss such a scam, but can they honestly say that the same is true of every member of their family or social circle?  Could there be an elderly or vulnerable person close to you who uses the internet, and might easily be hoodwinked by merciless scammers?

 

More information about the scam can be found on Sophos’s Naked Security blog at —  http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2010/11/09/pianist-bizarre

 

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More than 100 million users in 150 countries rely on Sophos as the best protection against complex threats and data loss. Sophos is committed to providing security and data protection solutions that are simple to manage, deploy and use, and that deliver the industry’s lowest TCO. Sophos offers award-winning encryption, endpoint security, web, email, and network access control solutions backed by SophosLabs—a global network of threat intelligence centers. With more than two decades of experience, Sophos is regarded as a leader in security and data protection by top analyst firms and has received many industry awards. Sophos is headquartered in Oxford, UK and Boston, US. More information is available at www.sophos.com

 

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