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    Misuse of IP address?

    Is it possible for aTrojan to utilize my ip address as a cover for a another ip address thatdownloads copyright material?

    My router is password protected and is highly unlikely that anyone else knows that password.

    My Canadian isp appears to have sent me ,by way of a pop-up, a number of US notices of copy right infringement material beingdownloaded from my ip address, when this has not been the case, to my knowledge.
    My wife and I are what is, generally, considered as elderly and the notices concern pornographic material, which material is of no interest to us.

    Sometime after the alleged downloads I caught 3 Trojans when carrying out a fullvirus scan followed by using adwcleaner, which caught the Trojans. Ididn't take a lot of notice at the time but the notice, ostensibly from my isp., makes mevery concerned.

    I am what is generally called "a goto guy" for computer problems in our village and sometimes beyond. I do a cleanup on my systems after cleaning up someone else's computer (I have a setup in my basement) after attaching a failing, or otherwise misbehaving hard drive to one of my own computers to investigate and carry out test. I am especially careful when I handle laptops as they connect through my router. None of my clients are within wireless range of our house so I don't believe any have entered by drive bye.

    Enquiries of my isp to see if they actually issue pop-up notifications of copyright infringement has yielded nothing......so far.

    Is this likely to be a scam? I consider this possibility as the notifications all post date the notices' requests to go to an ostensible lawyer's website to cough up some cash. I checked the site and am asked to phone a "representative". This makes me think that they may have people waiting for phone calls to haggle as much cash out of them as they can.

    Has anyone come across this sort of thing, or otherwise have comments/suggestions.
    best regards to all.

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    I would think pop-ups would not be the way for an ISP to warn you about such an important issue as copyright infringement. Anything other than a written notification should not be accepted.

    I would think pop-ups are a telltale sign of a scam in progress.
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    I agree with Rui's assessment.

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    Do the alerts look like the ones in this article?

    http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2...rt-looks-like/

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    I have cleaned up many customers' computers that were badly infected with malware. Quite a few of them were displaying obviously (to me, but probably not to the average user) bogus "copyright infringement" pop-ups. These pop-ups invariably disappeared once the system was cleaned of malware.

    In a few cases the customer had clicked on a link or button in the pop-up, causing a much worse "ransomware" infection which effectively locked them out of Windows and demanded payment of significant sum to remove the block. A particularly nasty one claims to be from the AFP (Aust. Federal Police) and demands payment of a AU$100 "fine" via "bitcoin" (whatever that is).

    To remove this kind of "ransomware" I prefer to connect the infected HDD to one of my workbench PCs and run AV/AM scans. However, in some cases it is possible to get into Safe Mode and deal with the baddie from there.
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    If those are "six strikes" Copyright Alert System warnings, they are legitimate...

    It's possible someone has hacked your wireless connection, and is using it to download content using P2P file sharing.

    http://lifehacker.com/5986961/the-co...-program-works
    Last edited by jwoods; 2015-04-21 at 02:11.

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    Genuine ISP alerts don't demand money or mention pornography.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceR View Post
    Genuine ISP alerts don't demand money or mention pornography.
    That's why I said "If".

    There is a fee to have a genuine alert removed...

    http://www.copyrightinformation.org/...-wrongly-sent/
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    Quote Originally Posted by jwoods View Post
    There is a fee to have a genuine alert removed...
    Only for strikes 5 and 6, when "mitigation" is instigated. The first 3 or 4 "educational/acknowledgement" alerts can't be appealed.
    Last edited by BruceR; 2015-04-21 at 18:48.

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