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Fake Copyright Infringement Warnings Used to Spread Ransomware

by on May 12, 2021
in News, Computers and Software, Computer Safety & Support, Blog :: 264 comments

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Recently, Techlicious received a handful of posts in our comment section claiming that one of our images is violating copyright. We take copyright very seriously, so these posts immediately got my attention. But what I discovered could have actually been much worse – there was no copyright issue, it was all a ruse to trick us into installing a ransomware trojan that could have significantly disrupted our business.

Fortunately, I'm very familiar with how to recognize malware and scams, in general. But it would be easy for someone who isn't technically sophisticated to be fooled by these hackers and put their company's systems at risk.

Here are a couple of examples of the posts we received in the Techlicious comments [with Google Site URL removed]:

Hi!

My name is Jessica.

Your website or a website that your company hosts is infringing on a copyright-protected images owned by myself.

Check out this document with the links to my images you used at www.techlicious.com and my earlier publications to get the evidence of my copyrights.

Download it now and check this out for yourself:

https://sites.google.com/view/[redacted]

I believe you have willfully infringed my rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages as high as $150,000 as set forth in Section 504(c)(2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”) therein.

This letter is official notification. I seek the removal of the infringing material referenced above. Please take note as a service provider, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act requires you, to remove or disable access to the infringing materials upon receipt of this notice. If you do not cease the use of the aforementioned copyrighted material a lawsuit will be commenced against you.

I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly infringing is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.

I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

Best regards,
Jessica Martin

and

Hi there!

This is Melangelle and I am a qualified photographer and illustrator.

I was baffled, to put it nicely, when I came across my images at your website. If you use a copyrighted image without an owner's permission, you must know that you could be sued by the owner.

It's not legal to use stolen images and it's so mean!

Check out this document with the links to my images you used at www.techlicious.com and my earlier publications to obtain the evidence of my legal copyrights.

Download it right now and check this out for yourself: 

https://sites.google.com/view/[redacted]

If you don't delete the images mentioned in the file above during the next several days, I'll file a  to your hosting provider letting them know that my copyrights have been severely infringed and I am trying to protect my intellectual property. 

And if it doesn't help, trust me I am going to take it to court! And I won't give you a prior notice again.

On first blush, that sounds pretty scary and is likely to get many site owners to click on the link to learn more about the details of the accusation. When you do, you will be served a webpage with a link to file with your "copyright infringement evidence."

Scam page showing File 'Copyright Infringement Evidence' is ready for downloadYour download should begin automatically. Didn’t work? Try downloading again. Download my file

In the version of the scam we received, the download is a .zip file containing a javascript (.js) file called "Copyright Infringement Evidence.js". I ran the file through Virus Total and it came back as a backdoor trojan – identified as js.Trojan.Cryxos.5779 and JS/Kryptik.BXN – that can be used to install ransomware and other malicious programs. Only 8 of the 61 malware scanning engines in Virus Total picked this up (BitDefender, Emsisoft, eScan, ESET-NOD32, FireEye, GData, MAX, NANO-Antivirus), meaning it currently has a high chance of slipping through most antimalware protection.

Screenshot of Virus Total results from scanning the Copyright Infringement Evidence.zip file showing only 8 of 61 scanning engines recognizing the ransomware: BitDefender, Emsisoft, eScan, ESET-NOD32, FireEye, GData, MAX, NANO-Antivirus

While this ransomware attack was directed against Techlicious through site comments, I can easily see the same attack method being attempted through email [EDITOR'S NOTE 5/13/21: readers are reporting in the comments below that the hackers are submitting these attacks through site Contact Us forms, as well.]. So it's an important reminder to be especially cautious when downloading any files from unknown third-parties or sites, and never try to open any file with an extension of .js or .exe unless you know exactly what it is and where it came from. To learn more, read our 5 tips to protect yourself against ransomware. You can also report the malware page to Google's malware reporting tool.

If you've received a similar message (on your site or via email), please post in the comments below [with the malware URL and any contact information redacted] so others will find it when doing a Google search and avoid the risk of having their systems compromised.

[Updated 5/25/2021 with information on Google malware reporting]

[Image credit: Smartphone on keyboard via BigStock Photo, screenshots via Techlicious]

Josh Kirschner is the co-founder of Techlicious and has been covering consumer tech for more than a decade. Before founding Techlicious, he was the Chief Marketing Officer for Inform Technologies, a start-up provider of semantic technology to media companies. Prior to Inform, Josh was a SVP and Managing Director in the financial services industry. Josh started his first company while still in college, a consumer electronics retailer focused on students.



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From Karla Pincott on May 12, 2021 :: 8:21 pm

We’ve had 2 attempts from these hackers through our site’s Contact system. They were pretty much identical, except for the person’s name:

My name is Jennifer.

Your website or a website that your company hosts is infringing on a copyright-protected images owned by myself.

Check out this document with the links to my images you used at https://aus01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http://www.cis.org.au/&data=04|01|jblack@cis.org.au|[redacted] and my earlier publications to get the evidence of my copyrights.

Download it now and check this out for yourself:

https://aus01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https://sites.google.com/view/nffhu49vheodjjw/drive/storage/s/files/download?h=[redacted]&data=04|01|[redacted]@cis.org.au|[redacted]

I believe you have willfully infringed my rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages as high as $150,000 as set forth in Section 504(c)(2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”) therein.

This letter is official notification. I seek the removal of the infringing material referenced above. Please take note as a service provider, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act requires you, to remove or disable access to the infringing materials upon receipt of this notice. If you do not cease the use of the aforementioned copyrighted material a lawsuit will be commenced against you.

I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly infringing is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.

I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

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Now what?

From Leanna on May 17, 2021 :: 6:39 pm

I’ve had two of these messages, clicked on the link, and I’ve definitely got wonky things happening on my computer… now what? What do I do about it?

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Run a full malware scan

From Josh Kirschner on May 18, 2021 :: 9:24 am

If you only clicked in the link, you’re probably fine, but there are versions of drive-by malware you could have been infected by. If you actually downloaded and clicked on the file, you may have a big issue. You should immediately back up all vital files and disconnect the backup from your system. Then do a full malware scan using BitDefender or one of the other antimalware programs that caught the variant I had. If that doesn’t find anything, I would download another one, like ESET and try again. Doesn’t find anything? Try a couple more (recheck the list of engines at Virus Total because using the link in the article because I’m seeing more folks picking this up since when I published the story).

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Copyright Scam

From Jon B on May 27, 2021 :: 3:27 am

Sent via form submission from [xxxx -redacted – xxxx]
Name: Tracy Griffin
Email Address: [redacted]@yahoo.com
Subject: !!!  [xxxx -redacted – xxxx]
Dmca Copyright Infringement Notification email
Message: Hi!

My name is Tracy.

Your website or a website that your organization hosts is violating the copyrighted images owned by me personally.

Check out this report with the URLs to my images you used at [xxxx -redacted – xxxx]
and my earlier publication to find the evidence of my copyrights.

Download it right now and check this out for yourself:

https://sites.google.com/view/c9h4nnb3kv3-9084nvh21/download/0/shared/d/file?d=[redacted]

I really believe you’ve intentionally violated my rights under 17 USC Sec. 101 et seq. and could possibly be liable for statutory damages of up to $140,000 as set-forth in Sec. 504 (c)(2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) therein.

This message is official notice. I seek the removal of the infringing materials referenced above. Take note as a company, the DMCA demands you, to eliminate and/or terminate access to the copyrighted materials upon receipt of this notice. In case you don’t cease the use of the previously mentioned copyrighted content a court action can be initiated against you.

I have a strong belief that use of the copyrighted materials mentioned above as allegedly violating is not permitted by the legal copyright proprietor, its legal agent, or the laws.

I declare, under consequence of perjury, that the information in this message is accurate and that I am currently the legal copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the proprietor of an exclusive and legal right that is allegedly violated.


Best regards,
Tracy Griffin

05/27/2021

Copyright Scam

From Richard on June 01, 2021 :: 7:07 pm

Name Christy Cox                                     Email address           [redacted]@yahoo.com                                     Phone number [redacted]                                                        Comments             Hello!My name is Christy. Your website or a website that your company hosts is violating the copyright protected images owned by myself. Check out this official document with the hyperlinks to my images you used at [redacted].com and my previous publications to find the proof of my copyrights. Download it right now and check this out for yourself: https://sites.google.com/view/[redacted] I do believe you’ve intentionally infringed my rights under 17 USC Section 101 et seq. and could possibly be liable for statutory damage of up to $140,000 as set-forth in Section 504 (c)(2) of the Digital millennium copyright act (”DMCA”) therein. This letter is official notification. I seek the removal of the infringing materials mentioned above. Please take note as a service provider, the Dmca requires you, to eliminate or/and terminate access to the copyrighted materials upon receipt of this notification letter. If you don’t stop the use of the previously mentioned infringing content a law suit will likely be commenced against you.I have a strong belief that use of the copyrighted materials mentioned above as presumably violating is not permitted by the copyright proprietor, its legal agent, as well as legislation.I declare, under penalty of perjury, that the information in this notification is correct and that I am currently the copyright owner or am certified to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive and legal right that is presumably violated. Best regards,
Christy Cox 06/02/2021

Just now i got the same scam comment on my website

From Sham Nagmote on June 24, 2021 :: 1:11 pm

Hello there!

My name is Yin.

Your website or a website that your company hosts is violating the copyright-protected images owned by myself.

Check out this report with the hyperlinks to my images you used at usaplumbingservices.us and my earlier publications to find the evidence of my copyrights.

Download it now and check this out for yourself:

https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/files-aaf52.appspot.com/o/shared/[redacted]?alt=media&token;=[redacted]

I believe you’ve intentionally violated my legal rights under 17 U.S.C. Sec. 101 et seq. and can be liable for statutory damages of up to $150,000 as set-forth in Section 504 (c)(2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”) therein.

This message is official notification. I demand the removal of the infringing materials referenced above. Take note as a service provider, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act demands you, to remove and deactivate access to the infringing content upon receipt of this letter. In case you don’t cease the use of the previously mentioned copyrighted materials a court action can be started against you.

I do have a good belief that use of the copyrighted materials referenced above as presumably infringing is not approved by the legal copyright proprietor, its legal agent, as well as law.

I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in this notification is accurate and that I am currently the copyright owner or am certified to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is presumably infringed.

Sincerely,
Yin Eubanks

06/24/2021

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similar message ransomware attack

From Carles on May 13, 2021 :: 3:58 am

My name is Linda.

Your website or a website that your company hosts is infringing on a copyright-protected images owned by myself.

Take a look at this document with the links to my images you used at www.heorfy.com and my earlier publications to obtain the evidence of my copyrights.

Download it right now and check this out for yourself:

https://sites.google.com/view/[redacted]

I believe you have willfully infringed my rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages as high as $150,000 as set forth in Section 504(c)(2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) therein.

This letter is official notification. I seek the removal of the infringing material referenced above. Please take note as a service provider, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act requires you, to remove or disable access to the infringing materials upon receipt of this notice. If you do not cease the use of the aforementioned copyrighted material a lawsuit will be commenced against you.

I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly infringing is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.

I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.


Best regards,
Linda Harper

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Same, but by Tammy, with date at the bottom

From Kyra Hinton on May 13, 2021 :: 8:47 am

Subject: Attn: www.kyrahinton.com DMCA Copyright Infringement

Message: Hello!

My name is Tammy.

Your website or a website that your company hosts is infringing on a copyright-protected images owned by myself.

Take a look at this document with the links to my images you used at www.kyrahinton.com and my earlier publications to obtain the evidence of my copyrights.

Download it now and check this out for yourself:

<<<<removed Google drive link here>>>>>>

I believe you have willfully infringed my rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages as high as $150,000 as set forth in Section 504(c)(2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”) therein.

This letter is official notification. I seek the removal of the infringing material referenced above. Please take note as a service provider, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act requires you, to remove or disable access to the infringing materials upon receipt of this notice. If you do not cease the use of the aforementioned copyrighted material a lawsuit will be commenced against you.

I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly infringing is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.

I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.


Best regards,
Tammy Hensley

05/13/2021

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I received the same fake DMCA takedown notice

From Byron on May 13, 2021 :: 10:18 am

Hey everyone.  I run a blog documenting my history going through the Intelligence Community (IC) hiring process with the U.S. government.  This is my blog: bannedfromintel.wordpress.com

I received a fake DMCA takedown notice today as well I have copied the exact email, unedited, below.  The link in the email that points to a Google Drive folder is blank.  There are no files there and I was not promoted to download any files.  I suspect the files were removed.

——————————-

Full Name: Carter

Email: Carterphoto588@hotmail.com

Comment: Hi!

My name is Cheryl.

Your website or a website that your company hosts is infringing on a copyright-protected images owned by myself.

Take a look at this document with the links to my images you used at bannedfromintel.wordpress.com and my earlier publications to obtain the evidence of my copyrights.

Download it now and check this out for yourself:

https://sites.google.com/view/mf28dh2v9920d/drive/storage/s/files/download?fileID=[redacted]

I believe you have willfully infringed my rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages as high as $150,000 as set forth in Section 504(c)(2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”) therein.

This letter is official notification. I seek the removal of the infringing material referenced above. Please take note as a service provider, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act requires you, to remove or disable access to the infringing materials upon receipt of this notice. If you do not cease the use of the aforementioned copyrighted material a lawsuit will be commenced against you.

I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly infringing is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.

I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.


Best regards,
Cheryl Carter

05/12/2021

Your website: http://subdio


Time: May 13, 2021 at 12:45 am
IP Address: 73.13.20.234
Contact Form URL: https://bannedfromintel.wordpress.com/contact/
Sent by an unverified visitor to your site.

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Copyright infringement notice via email

From Ian on May 13, 2021 :: 10:40 am

We got a virtually identical email via our web site contacts page:

Hello there!

My name is Juan.

Your website or a website that your company hosts is infringing on a copyright-protected images owned by myself.

Check out this document with the links to my images you used at www.abelon.com and my earlier publications to obtain the evidence of my copyrights.

Download it right now and check this out for yourself:

https://sites.google.com/view/t48hgkjd499fhs/drive/storage/d/files/download?d=[redacted]

I believe you have willfully infringed my rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages as high as $150,000 as set forth in Section 504(c)(2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”) therein.

This letter is official notification. I seek the removal of the infringing material referenced above. Please take note as a service provider, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act requires you, to remove or disable access to the infringing materials upon receipt of this notice. If you do not cease the use of the aforementioned copyrighted material a lawsuit will be commenced against you.

I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly infringing is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.

I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.


Best regards,
Juan Ojeda

05/13/2021

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I received the same fake notice

From Chelsea on May 13, 2021 :: 12:00 pm

I got one this morning. I googled some lines from the email and this article came up. Posting what I received here:
———————-
My name is Tania.

Your website or a website that your company hosts is infringing on a copyright-protected images owned by myself.

Take a look at this document with the links to my images you used at www.toprightpixel.com and my earlier publications to get the evidence of my copyrights.

Download it right now and check this out for yourself:

https://sites.google.com/view/t48hgkjd499fhs/drive/storage/d/files/download?h=[redacted]

I believe you have willfully infringed my rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages as high as $150,000 as set forth in Section 504(c)(2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”) therein.

This letter is official notification. I seek the removal of the infringing material referenced above. Please take note as a service provider, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act requires you, to remove or disable access to the infringing materials upon receipt of this notice. If you do not cease the use of the aforementioned copyrighted material a lawsuit will be commenced against you.

I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly infringing is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.

I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.


Best regards,
Tania Ortega

05/13/2021

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Did this come in through comments?

From Josh Kirschner on May 13, 2021 :: 12:11 pm

Hi Tanya,

Did this come in through your site comments or Contact Us feature?

Best,
Josh

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Through Contact Us Feature

From Carol McClelland Fields on May 25, 2021 :: 12:25 pm

I have received an email that’s just like these. The file didn’t download (thank goodness) and therefore I didn’t open it. I will still do the scans to be sure.

The message came through my Contact Us page.

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Thanks

From Ian on May 13, 2021 :: 12:15 pm

Sorry, I should have also said thanks to Josh for posting this article and doing the digging, it saved me a chunk of time trying to figure out exactly whether this was real or not (though my first instinct was “scam”!)

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Received through Contact Us form on website

From Jasmine on May 13, 2021 :: 2:00 pm

Sent via form submission from <<removed>>

Name: Andrea Jenkins

Email Address: [redacted]
Message: Hello there!

My name is Andrea.

Your website or a website that your company hosts is infringing on a copyright-protected images owned by myself.

Take a look at this document with the links to my images you used at <<removed>> and my earlier publications to get the evidence of my copyrights.

Download it right now and check this out for yourself:

<<removed Google link>>

I believe you have willfully infringed my rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages as high as $150,000 as set forth in Section 504(c)(2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”) therein.

This letter is official notification. I seek the removal of the infringing material referenced above. Please take note as a service provider, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act requires you, to remove or disable access to the infringing materials upon receipt of this notice. If you do not cease the use of the aforementioned copyrighted material a lawsuit will be commenced against you.

I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly infringing is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.

I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.


Best regards,
Andrea Jenkins

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I clicked - How did I not catch this??!?!

From Norrine Burke on May 13, 2021 :: 5:23 pm

Any advice on what to do now?  I am running my anti-virus right now!  Dang it!

Reply

Which antivirus are you using?

From Josh Kirschner on May 13, 2021 :: 5:59 pm

Most of the antimalware programs didn’t pick up the variant that was sent to me. It’s also possible you may have another variant that may or may not be picked up by the same group. Which antimalware program are you running?

To be safe, I would disconnect you computer from the internet (no WiFi, no ethernet) and contact your IT department. If it is your personal computer or you don’t have an IT department, I would recommend downloading Bitdefender or ESET (if you’re not already using those), since they both picked up the malware in my case, and run a scan.

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Also, backup your important information

From Josh Kirschner on May 13, 2021 :: 8:59 pm

Since there is the potential for ransomware, you should also backup all of your important files/photos/etc. ASAP. If you backup to USB or an external drive, disconnect it after the backup.

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Same Scam email received

From LETIZIA on May 13, 2021 :: 6:07 pm

It arrived through aa form from a test website I’m working on…

from:  Kim <mail@######.com>
reply-to:  Kim <Andersonpix548@yahoo.com>
to:  ########
date:  13 May 2021, 02:42

Hello!

My name is Kim.

Your website or a website that your company hosts is infringing on a copyright-protected images owned by myself.

Check out this document with the links to my images you used at a#######.com and my earlier publications to get the evidence of my copyrights.

Download it right now and check this out for yourself:

https://sites.google.com/view/f003hfk2hfdb2ls/drive/storage/d/files/download?##########1

I believe you have willfully infringed my rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages as high as $150,000 as set forth in Section 504(c)(2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”) therein.

This letter is official notification. I seek the removal of the infringing material referenced above. Please take note as a service provider, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act requires you, to remove or disable access to the infringing materials upon receipt of this notice. If you do not cease the use of the aforementioned copyrighted material a lawsuit will be commenced against you.

I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly infringing is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.

I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.


Best regards,
Kim Anderson

05/13/2021
Phone Number: 17182626106
Service required: alte

Reply

Same Scam Email Received Today

From Roberta Cowden on May 13, 2021 :: 9:24 pm

We got a virtually identical email via our web site contacts page:

Hi there!

My name is Deanna.

Your website or a website that your company hosts is infringing on a copyright-protected images owned by myself.
Check out this document with the links to my images you used at westerncherokee.co and my earlier publications to obtain the evidence of my copyrights.

Download it right now and check this out for yourself:

https://sites.google.com/view/g03usdlj3hgj343j[redacted]

I believe you have willfully infringed my rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages as high as $150,000 as set forth in Section 504(c)(2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”) therein.

This letter is official notification. I seek the removal of the infringing material referenced above. Please take note as a service provider, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act requires you, to remove or disable access to the infringing materials upon receipt of this notice. If you do not cease the use of the aforementioned copyrighted material a lawsuit will be commenced against you.

I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly infringing is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.

I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

Best regards,
Deanna Hicks

05/13/2021

berge

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We got this one multiple times through our website

From Tim Bond on May 14, 2021 :: 7:22 pm

So glad I figured out this was a scam, though I do know not to open any links in unknown third party emails.  The confirmation was when I emailed this “person” (bot probably) back to ask which images she thought were hers, as we know the photographer who took all of ours & we have the rights to them, I got the standard:
“The response was:
550 5.1.1 The email account that you tried to reach does not exist. Please try double-checking the recipient’s email address for typos or unnecessary spaces. Learn more at https://support.google.com/mail/?p=NoSuchUser j6sor1723186lfe.29 - gsmtp”


This was the email I received from the comments section of our squarespace site:

Sent via form submission from Bond Organ Builders, Inc.

Name: Teresa Brown

Email address: Brownpix621@gmail.com

Subject: Attention: www.bondorgans.com DMCA Copyright Infringement Notice

Message: Hi!

My name is Teresa.

Your website or a website that your company hosts is infringing on a copyright-protected images owned by myself.

Take a look at this document with the links to my images you used at www.b********s.com and my earlier publications to get the evidence of my copyrights.

Download it now and check this out for yourself:

https://sites.google.com/view/[redacted]/drive/storage/d/files/download?l=[redacted]
I believe you have willfully infringed my rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages as high as $150,000 as set forth in Section 504(c)(2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”) therein.

This letter is official notification. I seek the removal of the infringing material referenced above. Please take note as a service provider, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act requires you, to remove or disable access to the infringing materials upon receipt of this notice. If you do not cease the use of the aforementioned copyrighted material a lawsuit will be commenced against you.

I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly infringing is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.

I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.


Best regards,
Teresa Brown

05/13/2021

Reply

Same thing.

From Brendan Armitage on May 15, 2021 :: 1:17 pm

Sent via form submission from Iredacted)

Name: Jillian Bertrand

Email Address: Bertrandstock709@hotmail.com

Message: Hi!

My name is Jillian.

Your website or a website that your company hosts is infringing on a copyright-protected images owned by myself.

Take a look at this document with the links to my images you used at(redacted) and my earlier publications to get the evidence of my copyrights.

Download it now and check this out for yourself:

https://sites.google.com/view/(redacted)

I believe you have willfully infringed my rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages as high as $150,000 as set forth in Section 504(c)(2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”) therein.

This letter is official notification. I seek the removal of the infringing material referenced above. Please take note as a service provider, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act requires you, to remove or disable access to the infringing materials upon receipt of this notice. If you do not cease the use of the aforementioned copyrighted material a lawsuit will be commenced against you.

I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly infringing is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.

I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.


Best regards,
Jillian Bertrand

I clicked on the link provided, which didn’t come up with anything, so I wrote BACK to the email provided (I am really stupid) and indicated that I was unable to find the picture noted.  I didn’t realize that I had been had until the email bounced back as undeliverable.

I’ve looked for zip files or other signs that I’ve been infected. Can’t seem to find any.

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What can we do if

From SEVENTY SEVEN DECALS LLC on May 17, 2021 :: 12:43 pm

What can we do if we obtained the senders IP & physical location which happens to match the location of a Texas based competitor that we have blocked throughout various social media websites.

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FBI may be your best bet

From Josh Kirschner on May 17, 2021 :: 4:25 pm

Local police departments often don’t have the skills or interest in investigating computer crimes. So, your best bet may be the FBI. Though since it sounds like you caught the hacking attempt before any damage or attempt to extort, it may not be high priority for them, either.

I also would not discount the possibility that your competitor may be the victim of hacking and their compromised systems are being used to send out emails to others who the hackers deem (correctly or not) to have business connections with the company.

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Re: DMCA Copyright Infringement SCAM

From JOE on May 17, 2021 :: 5:36 pm

Brianna
Email
[redacted]
Subject
Re: DMCA Copyright Infringement
Message
Hi! My name is Brianna. Your website or a website that your company hosts is infringing on a copyright-protected images owned by myself. Take a look at this document with the links to my images you used at (REMOVED) and my earlier publications to get the evidence of my copyrights. Download it right now and check this out for yourself: (REMOVED) I believe you have willfully infringed my rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages as high as $150,000 as set forth in Section 504(c)(2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”) therein. This letter is official notification. I seek the removal of the infringing material referenced above. Please take note as a service provider, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act requires you, to remove or disable access to the infringing materials upon receipt of this notice. If you do not cease the use of the aforementioned copyrighted material a lawsuit will be commenced against you. I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly infringing is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law. I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed. Best regards, Brianna Loridon 05/18/2021
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infringement notice through Contact Us on my website

From Amy Brakeman Livezey on May 17, 2021 :: 7:01 pm

Thank you for this information!  I received this today through my website.  I did click on the link (!!) but there was nothing there to download.  Does that mean I’m ok?

Submitted Information:


Name
Sarah Johnson


Email
[redacted]


Comment
Hi!

My name is Sarah.

Your website or a website that your company hosts is infringing on a copyright-protected images owned by myself.

Take a look at this document with the links to my images you used at www.amybrakeman.com and my earlier publications to obtain the evidence of my copyrights.

Download it right now and check this out for yourself:

https://sites.google.com/view/h93jglqdk3jfdj3f7/drive/storage/dl/files/download?fileID=XXXXXXXXX

I believe you have willfully infringed my rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages as high as $150,000 as set forth in Section 504(c)(2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”) therein.

This letter is official notification. I seek the removal of the infringing material referenced above. Please take note as a service provider, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act requires you, to remove or disable access to the infringing materials upon receipt of this notice. If you do not cease the use of the aforementioned copyrighted material a lawsuit will be commenced against you.

I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly infringing is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.

I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.


Best regards,
Sarah Johnson

05/17/2021

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this just came to my weebly site "contact" page

From Renee M Allen on May 17, 2021 :: 7:14 pm

Hello!

My name is Lisa.

Your website or a website that your company hosts is infringing on a copyright-protected images owned by myself.

Check out this document with the links to my images you used at www.rootsensoryprocessing.com and my earlier publications to get the evidence of my copyrights.

Download it right now and check this out for yourself:

https://sites.google.com/view/b38f(redacted)

I believe you have willfully infringed my rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages as high as $150,000 as set forth in Section 504(c)(2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”) therein.

This letter is official notification. I seek the removal of the infringing material referenced above. Please take note as a service provider, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act requires you, to remove or disable access to the infringing materials upon receipt of this notice. If you do not cease the use of the aforementioned copyrighted material a lawsuit will be commenced against you.

I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly infringing is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.

I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.


Best regards,
Lisa Lopez

05/18/2021

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Received 2 forms with this scam

From Web designer on May 17, 2021 :: 8:49 pm

I have received 2 comment forms from 2 different individuals with similar phone number. We did not open the download but did respond via email. The email bounced back.

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Same scam email

From Tom on May 17, 2021 :: 9:45 pm

My name is Carol.

Your website or a website that your company hosts is infringing on a copyright-protected images owned by myself.

Check out this document with the links to my images you used at t*******.com and my earlier publications to obtain the evidence of my copyrights.

Download it now and check this out for yourself:

https://sites.google.com/view/boi810mdk6/drive/storage/dl/files/download?d=[redacted]

I believe you have willfully infringed my rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages as high as $150,000 as set forth in Section 504(c)(2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”) therein.

This letter is official notification. I seek the removal of the infringing material referenced above. Please take note as a service provider, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act requires you, to remove or disable access to the infringing materials upon receipt of this notice. If you do not cease the use of the aforementioned copyrighted material a lawsuit will be commenced against you.

I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly infringing is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.

I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.


Best regards,
Carol Hernandez

05/18/2021


————

So it seems this may have come from over seas as it was posted one day in the future which is another thing that make this email suspececious

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Received this to .IE website.

From Mary on May 18, 2021 :: 8:23 am

ject: Attention: website name.ie DMCA Copyright Infringement

From: Lori
Email: [redacted]
Subject: Attention: smaccountingsolutions.ie DMCA Copyright Infringement

Message Body:
Hi!

My name is Lori.

Your website or a website that your company hosts is infringing on a copyright-protected images owned by myself.

Take a look at this document with the links to my images you used at [domain name] and my earlier publications to get the evidence of my copyrights.

Download it now and check this out for yourself:

https://sites.google.com/view/j8dhcg2vg399cn/drive/storage/w/files/download?data=[redacted]
I believe you have willfully infringed my rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages as high as $150,000 as set forth in Section 504(c)(2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”) therein.

This letter is official notification. I seek the removal of the infringing material referenced above. Please take note as a service provider, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act requires you, to remove or disable access to the infringing materials upon receipt of this notice. If you do not cease the use of the aforementioned copyrighted material a lawsuit will be commenced against you.

I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly infringing is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.

I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

Best regards,
Lori Riley

05/17/2021

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Image violation scam email

From Ron Schroeder on May 18, 2021 :: 10:37 am

///Here’s another one for your records

Hello there!

My name is Lindsey.

Your website or a website that your company hosts is infringing on a copyright-protected images owned by myself.

Check out this document with the links to my images you used at www.whiterhinologistics.com and my earlier publications to obtain the evidence of my copyrights.

Download it now and check this out for yourself:

https://sites.google.com [redacted]

I believe you have willfully infringed my rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages as high as $150,000 as set forth in Section 504(c)(2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”) therein.

This letter is official notification. I seek the removal of the infringing material referenced above. Please take note as a service provider, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act requires you, to remove or disable access to the infringing materials upon receipt of this notice. If you do not cease the use of the aforementioned copyrighted material a lawsuit will be commenced against you.

I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly infringing is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.

I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.


Best regards,
Lindsey Lopez

05/18/2021

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It happened to me too!

From Emmanuelle Wambach on May 18, 2021 :: 10:57 am

I got this this morning Through my website to contact submissions. There’s little freaked out appreciate the link and nothing was there. Thank goodness I didn’t download anything.

Sent via form submission from Emmanuelle Ceramics

Name: Charlene Fletcher

Email Address: Fletcherhd447@yahoo.com

Subject: ! <removed>.com DMCA Copyright Infringement Report

Message: Hello there!

My name is Charlene.

Your website or a website that your company hosts is infringing on a copyright-protected images owned by myself.

Check out this document with the links to my images you used at <removed>.com and my earlier publications to get the evidence of my copyrights.

Download it now and check this out for yourself:

< removed>

I believe you have willfully infringed my rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages as high as $150,000 as set forth in Section 504(c)(2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”) therein.

This letter is official notification. I seek the removal of the infringing material referenced above. Please take note as a service provider, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act requires you, to remove or disable access to the infringing materials upon receipt of this notice. If you do not cease the use of the aforementioned copyrighted material a lawsuit will be commenced against you.

I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly infringing is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.

I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.


Best regards,
Charlene Fletcher

05/18/2021

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Received through my Contact Us form...

From Melody on May 18, 2021 :: 12:43 pm

Thank you for posting this!  My first thought is SCAM! But your blog post just brought peace of mind, even when you know you did everything legitly.

Here’s the version I received through my website “Contact Us” form.
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Name: Joy Johnson

Email: Johnsonshot964@hotmail.com

Subject: Attention: <<website removed>> DMCA Copyright Infringement Report

Message: Hello!

My name is Joy.

Your website or a website that your company hosts is infringing on a copyright-protected images owned by myself.

Take a look at this document with the links to my images you used at <<website removed>> and my earlier publications to get the evidence of my copyrights.

Download it right now and check this out for yourself:

<<sites.google.com link removed>>

I believe you have willfully infringed my rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages as high as $150,000 as set forth in Section 504(c)(2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”) therein.

This letter is official notification. I seek the removal of the infringing material referenced above. Please take note as a service provider, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act requires you, to remove or disable access to the infringing materials upon receipt of this notice. If you do not cease the use of the aforementioned copyrighted material a lawsuit will be commenced against you.

I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly infringing is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.

I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.


Best regards,
Joy Johnson

05/18/2021

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Just got this one:

From Taylor Brown on May 18, 2021 :: 2:51 pm

Hi!

My name is Denise.

Your website or a website that your company hosts is infringing on a copyright-protected images owned by myself.

Take a look at this document with the links to my images you used at http://www.bikebound.com and my earlier publications to get the evidence of my copyrights.

Download it right now and check this out for yourself:

https://sites.google.com/view/933995-452894/gdrive/0/shared/file/download?ID=[redacted]

I believe you have willfully infringed my rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages as high as $150,000 as set forth in Section 504(c)(2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”) therein.

This letter is official notification. I seek the removal of the infringing material referenced above. Please take note as a service provider, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act requires you, to remove or disable access to the infringing materials upon receipt of this notice. If you do not cease the use of the aforementioned copyrighted material a lawsuit will be commenced against you.

I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly infringing is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.

I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

Best regards,
Denise Jackson

05/18/2021

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We received this through our Contact form many times

From Sal on May 19, 2021 :: 9:30 am

Type of Inquiry
Addendum Request
Name
Ericka
Email Address
[redacted]

Phone Number
[redacted]
Message
Hi!

My name is Ericka.

Your website or a website that your company hosts is infringing on a copyright-protected images owned by myself.

Take a look at this document with the links to my images you used at ******* and my earlier publications to get the evidence of my copyrights.

Download it now and check this out for yourself:

https://sites.google.com[redacted]

I believe you have willfully infringed my rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages as high as $150,000 as set forth in Section 504(c)(2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”) therein.

This letter is official notification. I seek the removal of the infringing material referenced above. Please take note as a service provider, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act requires you, to remove or disable access to the infringing materials upon receipt of this notice. If you do not cease the use of the aforementioned copyrighted material a lawsuit will be commenced against you.

I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly infringing is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.

I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.


Best regards,
Ericka Martinez

05/19/2021

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Kim Givens

From Meghan on May 19, 2021 :: 9:49 am

Name   Kim Givens
Email address   [redacted]

Phone number   [redacted]

Hi! My name is Kim. Your website or a website that your company hosts is infringing on a copyright-protected images owned by myself. Check out this document with the links to my images you used at thecameronteam.net and my earlier publications to obtain the evidence of my copyrights. Download it now and check this out for yourself: <<google drive link>> I believe you have willfully infringed my rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages as high as $150,000 as set forth in Section 504(c)(2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”) therein. This letter is official notification. I seek the removal of the infringing material referenced above. Please take note as a service provider, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act requires you, to remove or disable access to the infringing materials upon receipt of this notice. If you do not cease the use of the aforementioned copyrighted material a lawsuit will be commenced against you. I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly infringing is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law. I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed. Best regards, Kim Givens 05/19/2021

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Mel Hansen

From Meghan Henderson on May 19, 2021 :: 9:55 am

Name   Mel Hansen
Email address   [redacted]

Phone number   [redacted]

Hi, This is Melainie and I am a certified photographer. I was surprised, to put it nicely, when I found my images at your website. If you use a copyrighted image without an owner’s license, you should know that you could be sued by the owner. It’s not legal to use stolen images and it’s so selfish! Take a look at this document with the links to my images you used at thecameronteam.net and my earlier publications to get the evidence of my copyrights. Download it now and check this out for yourself: <<google drive link>> If you don’t delete the images mentioned in the file above during the next couple of days, I’ll file a complaint against you to your hosting provider letting them know that my copyrights have been severely infringed and I am trying to protect my intellectual property. And if it doesn’t work, you may be pretty damn sure I am going to take it to court! And I will not bother myself to let you know of it in advance.

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We got one today

From Larry O on May 19, 2021 :: 10:37 am

Name: Samantha Johnson

Email Address: [redacted]

Subject: Attn: www.kembleumc.org DMCA Copyright Infringement Notice

Message: Hi!

My name is Samantha.

Your website or a website that your company hosts is infringing on a copyright-protected images owned by myself.

Check out this document with the links to my images you used at www.kembleumc.org and my earlier publications to obtain the evidence of my copyrights.

Download it now and check this out for yourself:

XXXXXXXXXX


I believe you have willfully infringed my rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages as high as $150,000 as set forth in Section 504(c)(2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”) therein.

This letter is official notification. I seek the removal of the infringing material referenced above. Please take note as a service provider, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act requires you, to remove or disable access to the infringing materials upon receipt of this notice. If you do not cease the use of the aforementioned copyrighted material a lawsuit will be commenced against you.

I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly infringing is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.

I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

Best regards,
Samantha Johnson

05/19/2021

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I received one of these

From Omair Arif on May 19, 2021 :: 10:53 am

I received one of these emails today, however when I ran the file through Virus Total only NANO-Antivirus picked it up as a Trojan. Which suggests the spreaders are routinely changing the file to avoid detection.

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I'm sure that is the case

From Josh Kirschner on May 19, 2021 :: 11:09 am

It is a constant game of cat and mouse. When I ran the file I received through Virus Total a week ago, only six vendors picked it up - now 14 are flagging it. And I’m sure the hackers are doing everything on there end to change things up to stay ahead of the antimalware guys. Which is why it is so important for everyone to be aware of this threat, since you can’t count on the antimalware stopping it.

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Second site attacked thru Squarespace form

From Gary van der Steur on May 19, 2021 :: 12:55 pm

My name is Beth.

Your website or a website that your company hosts is infringing on a copyright-protected images owned by myself.

Take a look at this document with the links to my images you used at www.mysite.x and my earlier publications to obtain the evidence of my copyrights.

Download it right now and check this out for yourself:

https://sites.google.com/view (redacted)

I believe you have willfully infringed my rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages as high as $150,000 as set forth in Section 504(c)(2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”) therein.

This letter is official notification. I seek the removal of the infringing material referenced above. Please take note as a service provider, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act requires you, to remove or disable access to the infringing materials upon receipt of this notice. If you do not cease the use of the aforementioned copyrighted material a lawsuit will be commenced against you.

I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly infringing is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.

I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.


Best regards,
Beth Luna

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Same notice through Etsy

From Corby on May 19, 2021 :: 1:24 pm

I got this exact notice through my Etsy shop.  The message came through a comment/message sent to the Etsy “Pattern” site, which is sort of a stand-alone-but-still-tied-to-Etsy site they let you set up and wire to your own domain name. 

I clicked the link because I don’t want to be “in the wrong” and what downloaded was a .zip file.  I viewed the contents inside and it was a javascript file.  Having not unzipped it or clicked the actual .JS file I should be fine.  But the nerve of them going through the contact form on Etsy is infuriating.

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I get these all the time through my contact page

From Carolyn on May 19, 2021 :: 3:01 pm

Hello there!

My name is Lisa.

Your website or a website that your company hosts is infringing on a copyright-protected images owned by myself.

Check out this document with the links to my images you used at www.saveourcemeteries.org and my earlier publications to obtain the evidence of my copyrights.

Download it right now and check this out for yourself:

https://sites.google.com/view/v9fm8hjvn-dfn29asm5/drive/folders/shared/1/download?h=[redacted]

I believe you have willfully infringed my rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages as high as $150,000 as set forth in Section 504(c)(2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”) therein.

This letter is official notification. I seek the removal of the infringing material referenced above. Please take note as a service provider, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act requires you, to remove or disable access to the infringing materials upon receipt of this notice. If you do not cease the use of the aforementioned copyrighted material a lawsuit will be commenced against you.

I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly infringing is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.

I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.


Best regards,
Lisa Deal

05/19/2021

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My scam email received today

From alena on May 19, 2021 :: 9:03 pm

ame: Dani
Email: [redacted]
Subject: Re: www.gifted-nature.com DMCA Copyright Infringement Notice
Message: Hello there!

My name is Dani.

Your website or a website that your company hosts is infringing on a copyright-protected images owned by myself.

Take a look at this document with the links to my images you used at www.gifted-nature.com and my earlier publications to get the evidence of my copyrights.

Download it right now and check this out for yourself:

https://sites.google.com/view/a0hf49gj29g-i4jb48n5/drive/folders/shared/1/download?f=[redacted]

I believe you have willfully infringed my rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages as high as $150,000 as set forth in Section 504(c)(2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”) therein.

This letter is official notification. I seek the removal of the infringing material referenced above. Please take note as a service provider, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act requires you, to remove or disable access to the infringing materials upon receipt of this notice. If you do not cease the use of the aforementioned copyrighted material a lawsuit will be commenced against you.

I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly infringing is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.

I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.


Best regards,
Dani Jones

05/19/2021

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should be fine??

From dalton on May 19, 2021 :: 11:36 pm

so I clicked on the link but nothing popped up- there was no download page, nothing downloaded. should be all good, right?

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You should be ok

From Josh Kirschner on May 20, 2021 :: 10:07 am

These links are getting taken offline rather quickly, in may cases. I’m not clear on whether it is Google that is removing the files or the hackers to prevent antimalware companies from pulling the samples.

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We got same todayName: Catherine

From Lenka on May 20, 2021 :: 9:42 am

We got same today


Name: Catherine Mitchell
Email: [redacted]
Message: Hi!

My name is Catherine.

Your website or a website that your company hosts is infringing on a copyright-protected images owned by myself.

Take a look at this document with the links to my images you used at www.saintandnoire.com and my earlier publications to get the evidence of my copyrights.

Download it now and check this out for yourself:

https://sites.google.com/view/dh35kj20-3jfvbbswhg7/drive/folders/shared/1/download?f=[redacted]

I believe you have willfully infringed my rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages as high as $150,000 as set forth in Section 504(c)(2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”) therein.

This letter is official notification. I seek the removal of the infringing material referenced above. Please take note as a service provider, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act requires you, to remove or disable access to the infringing materials upon receipt of this notice. If you do not cease the use of the aforementioned copyrighted material a lawsuit will be commenced against you.

I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly infringing is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.

I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.


Best regards,
Catherine Mitchell

05/20/2021

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We Got Same Today

From Jaclyn on May 20, 2021 :: 10:26 am

Name: Leah Ligon
Email: [redacted]
What service are you most interested in?: Questions About a Particular Service/Product
Subject: Attention: www.bcxent.com DMCA Copyright Infringement Notice
Message: Hi!

My name is Leah.

Your website or a website that your company hosts is infringing on a copyright-protected images owned by myself.

Check out this document with the links to my images you used at www.bcxent.com and my earlier publications to obtain the evidence of my copyrights.

Download it right now and check this out for yourself:

https://sites.google.com/view/a0hf49gj29g-i4jb48n5/drive/folders/shared/1/download?h=[redacted]

I believe you have willfully infringed my rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages as high as $150,000 as set forth in Section 504(c)(2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”) therein.

This letter is official notification. I seek the removal of the infringing material referenced above. Please take note as a service provider, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act requires you, to remove or disable access to the infringing materials upon receipt of this notice. If you do not cease the use of the aforementioned copyrighted material a lawsuit will be commenced against you.

I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly infringing is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.

I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.


Best regards,
Leah Ligon

05/20/2021

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Got the same message on our company contact form

From Diana on May 20, 2021 :: 2:46 pm

Thanks for posting about this and getting the word out! We got the same message on our company contact form, just different name:

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Hello there!

My name is Candice.

Your website or a website that your company hosts is infringing on a copyright-protected images owned by myself.

Check out this document with the links to my images you used at www.(ourwebsite).com and my earlier publications to obtain the evidence of my copyrights.

Download it now and check this out for yourself:

https://sites.google.com/view/b4bvj2903n-vk1fgne3/drive/folders/shared/1/download?l=[redacted]

I believe you have willfully infringed my rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages as high as $150,000 as set forth in Section 504(c)(2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”) therein.

This letter is official notification. I seek the removal of the infringing material referenced above. Please take note as a service provider, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act requires you, to remove or disable access to the infringing materials upon receipt of this notice. If you do not cease the use of the aforementioned copyrighted material a lawsuit will be commenced against you.

I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly infringing is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.

I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.


Best regards,
Candice Nelson

05/20/2021
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Contact info put in:
What’s your name?
    Candice
Contact email?
    [redacted]
Contact phone number?
    [redacted]

The IP address used was 68.13.178.190
Hostname: ip68-13-178-190.om.om.cox.net


I tried calling the number (blocked my own) and it went to a voicemail.

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Phone and email are fakes

From Josh Kirschner on May 21, 2021 :: 9:09 am

I’m sure these guys are using stolen/fake emails and fake numbers, so there’s no point reaching out to them. The whole goal is simply to get you to download and click that malware file.

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Does it help to contact legitimate emails?

From anon on May 27, 2021 :: 10:44 pm

If you can find a real entity with the same email, does it make sense to contact them and suggest that they make sure their website/email has not been hacked and to clean that up and harden their systems? Wouldn’t help spoofing but would it help otherwise?

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That might be difficult

From Josh Kirschner on May 28, 2021 :: 4:02 pm

Many of these emails are coming through Yahoo or Gmail. Others appear to be from stolen/hacked accounts. So I don’t think there is much opportunity to address this via the sender URL.

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