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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 :: 326 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

[EDITOR'S NOTE 8/12/2021: recent versions of this attack sent in by users are even more effective at evading antimalware protection. One sample was only picked up by a single vendor, NANO-Antivirus, a Russian-based antimalware organization, as Trojan.Script.Heuristic-js.iacgm. See: https://www.virustotal.com/gui/file/f2eeebca7c5d232cb4dce3698339a587ae6dc7cc98906d86573fe09a196ed95e/detection]

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 Elena on July 01, 2021 :: 10:39 am

Thank you for your post!

We have received a similar message today, in our contact form, that you can see below.

——————————
From: Name: Rice
Surname: Rice
City: New York
Phone: 19174210907
E-mail: Ricephoto587@[redacted]

Hello there!

My name is Molly.

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

Take a look at this report with the hyperlinks to my images you utilized at www.hdg.it and my previous publication 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]

In my opinion that you intentionally infringed my legal rights under 17 USC Sec. 101 et seq. and can 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 message is official notice. I seek the elimination of the infringing materials mentioned above. Please take note as a service provider, the DMCA requires you, to remove and disable access to the infringing content upon receipt of this notification letter. In case you do not cease the utilization of the previously mentioned infringing materials a legal action will be started against you.

I have a good belief that use of the copyrighted materials referenced above as presumably infringing is not authorized by the legal copyright owner, its agent, as well as legislation.

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


Regards,
Molly Rice

07/01/2021

Reply

Just received this scam today July 1, 2021

From Sherry Fouty Martinez on July 01, 2021 :: 12:07 pm

I received the exact same email today.  So thankful you posted this because I thought it was a scam knowing the images on my website are only my own.  This came through gmail.

From: “Jessica” <[redacted]@hotmail.com>


Message: Hello!

My name is Jessica.

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

Check out this doc with the URLs to my images you used at www.sherrylynnphotos.com and my previous 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/file-[redacted]

In my opinion you have willfully infringed my legal rights under 17 USC Sec. 101 et seq. and can be liable for statutory damages as high as $120,000 as set-forth in Sec. 504 (c)(2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”) therein.

This letter is official notice. I demand the elimination of the infringing materials described above. Please be aware as a company, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act demands you, to remove and/or disable access to the copyrighted content upon receipt of this notice. If you do not stop the use of the above mentioned copyrighted content a legal action will likely be started against you.

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

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


Sincerely,
Jessica Ortiz

07/01/2021

Reply

got same letter with link to firebase storage

From HarmanPreet Kaur Gill on July 01, 2021 :: 12:42 pm

Message
Hello there!
My name is Nicole.

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

Check out this doc with the hyperlinks to my images you used at cosmosmoving.com and my previous publication to find the proof of my copyrights.

Download it now and check this out for yourself:

https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/files-aaf52.appspot.com/o/sharedfile-2[redacted]

I believe that you willfully infringed my legal rights under 17 USC Sec. 101 et seq. and can be liable for statutory damage as high as $140,000 as set-forth in Section 504 (c) (2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”) therein.

This message is official notification. I demand the elimination of the infringing materials described above. Please take note as a company, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act requires you, to remove or deactivate access to the copyrighted materials upon receipt of this letter. If you do not cease the use of the previously mentioned copyrighted content a court action can be commenced against you.

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

I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in this notification is correct and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive and legal right that is presumably violated.

Best regards,
Nicole Carter

06/30/2021

Reply

SCAM

From AM on July 02, 2021 :: 11:18 am

Message: Hello there!My name is Vanessa.Your website or a website that your organization hosts is violating the copyrighted images owned by myself.Check out this report with the links to my images you used at www.sacheminc.com and my previous publications to get 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] I do think you’ve intentionally infringed my legal rights under 17 U.S.C. Sec. 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damage of up to $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 elimination of the infringing materials referenced above. Please take note as a service provider, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act requires you, to eliminate and disable access to the copyrighted content upon receipt of this letter. In case you don’t cease the use of the aforementioned infringing content a court action will likely be initiated against you.I have a strong faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials referenced above as allegedly violating is not approved by the copyright proprietor, its agent, or the laws.I declare, under penalty of perjury, that the information in this message is correct and that I am the copyright proprietor or am certified to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

Reply

I received on, as well...(from my "Contact Us")

From Mark on July 02, 2021 :: 11:20 am

From: risha <[redacted]@gmail.com>

Hi there!

My name is Trisha.

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

Check out this document with the URLs to my images you used at www.harbingerandassociates.com and my previous publications to obtain the evidence of my copyrights.

Download it right now and check this out for yourself:

https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/files-aaf52.appspot.com/o/shared/[redacted]

I do think you’ve intentionally infringed my rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and could possibly be liable for statutory damage of up to $110,000 as set-forth in Section 504 (c)(2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”) therein.

This letter is official notice. I seek the removal of the infringing materials mentioned above. Take note as a company, the DMCA demands you, to remove and/or terminate access to the copyrighted materials upon receipt of this particular letter. In case you do not stop the use of the aforementioned copyrighted materials a lawsuit can be initiated against you.

I have a strong belief that utilization of the copyrighted materials referenced above as allegedly infringing is not authorized by the copyright proprietor, its agent, or the legislation.

I swear, under consequence of perjury, that the information in this letter is accurate and that I am currently the legal copyright owner or am permitted to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive and legal right that is allegedly infringed.

Regards,
Trisha Renteria

07/02/2021


Sent from: https://www.harbingerandassociates.com/contact-us/

Reply

Copyright infringement email received 7/2/21

From Nicole D on July 02, 2021 :: 2:45 pm

From Email: [redacted]@gmail.com

Hi!
My name is Crystal. Your website or a website that your organization hosts is infringing on a copyright-protected images owned by myself.
Check out this official document with the hyperlinks to my images you used at ihoa.com and my previous publication to get the proof of my copyrights.

Download it now and check this out for yourself:
https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/files-aaf52.appspot.com/o/[redacted]

I think you have willfully infringed my legal rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and can be liable for statutory damages of up to $130,000 as set-forth in Section 504 (c)(2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) therein.

This message is official notice. I demand the elimination of the infringing materials described above. Take note as a service provider, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act demands you, to remove or disable access to the infringing content upon receipt of this particular notification letter. In case you do not stop the utilization of the previously mentioned infringing content a lawsuit will be commenced against you.

I do have a strong faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as presumably infringing is not authorized by the copyright owner, its legal agent, or the law.
I swear, under consequence of perjury, that the information in this notification is accurate and that I am the legal copyright proprietor or am permitted to act on behalf of the proprietor of an exclusive and legal right that is allegedly violated.

Best regards,

Crystal Davis
07/02/2021

Reply

Got 2 in 2 days - From Contact Form

From Sylvia on July 02, 2021 :: 7:52 pm

BOTH are coming from gmail addresses.  They are not legit emails (I tried).  Both have similar links to download.  The first email I got, I tried downloading and nothing happened and I couldn’t open anything (I thought it was real).  This morning, I received a 2nd.  I knew better than to click on the link, started doing research and came across your blogpost. THANK YOU FOR PUTTING THIS OUT THERE! 

Name: Danielle Choi

Email: redacted

Message: Hi there!

My name is Danielle.

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

Check out this doc with the hyperlinks to my images you utilized at www.coachwithsylvia.com and my earlier publications to find the proof of my copyrights.

Download it right now and check this out for yourself:

https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com…(redacted)

In my opinion you’ve intentionally infringed my rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damage as high as $110,000 as set forth in Section 504(c)(2) of the Digital millennium copyright act (”DMCA”) therein.

This message is official notice. I demand the removal of the infringing materials mentioned above. Please take note as a service provider, the Dmca demands you, to remove or/and disable access to the infringing content upon receipt of this particular letter. If you don’t stop the utilization of the previously mentioned infringing materials a court action will be started against you.

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

I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in this letter is correct and that I am the legal copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the proprietor of an exclusive and legal right that is allegedly violated.


Regards,
Danielle Choi

06/30/2021

Reply

Copyright infringement email

From John Potter on July 02, 2021 :: 10:18 pm

I also received one of these messages, which I include below. When I clicked on the link, the page that opened said Error. Code 403.  “Permission denied. Could not perform this operation”
No file was available for download. I did send a reply message to the email address that was included ([redacted]@gmail.com). Have not received a reply yet. A search of the phone number suggests that it originates from the Bronx, possibly Calvary Hospital

Name
Priyanka Nelson
Email
[redacted]@gmail.com
Ask us a question or tell us what you need
Hi there!
My name is Priyanka.

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

Check out this document with the URLs to my images you used at nashvilleknifesharpening.com and my earlier publication to get the proof of my copyrights.

Download it right now and check this out for yourself:

https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/files-aaf52.appspot.com/o/[redacted]

I do think you’ve willfully violated my legal rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and can be liable for statutory damage of up to $120,000 as set-forth in Section 504 (c)(2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”) therein.

This letter is official notice. I seek the removal of the infringing materials described above. Take note as a service provider, the Dmca requires you, to remove or deactivate access to the infringing materials upon receipt of this notice. If you do not stop the utilization of the aforementioned infringing content a lawsuit will likely be commenced against you.

I have a good faith belief that utilization of the copyrighted materials mentioned above as allegedly infringing is not permitted by the legal copyright proprietor, its agent, as well as law.

I swear, under consequence of perjury, that the information in this letter is accurate and that I am the legal copyright proprietor or am certified to act on behalf of the proprietor of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

Best regards,
Priyanka Nelson

07/02/2021

I am:
Other
Cell phone (optional)
[redacted]

Reply

Email addresses and phone numbers are fake

From Josh Kirschner on July 21, 2021 :: 6:08 pm

The email addresses and phones numbers are almost certainly fake in all cases. The scammers only goal is to get you to click and download that file. They have no interest in engaging in communication until they have you by the proverbial short hairs.

Reply

We received this one today.

From Jim on July 05, 2021 :: 8:57 am

We received this one today. Only four vendors caught it in VirusTotal.

https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/files-aaf52.appspot.com/o/shared/[redacted]

Reply

Fake copyright violation email

From Gary Roe on July 07, 2021 :: 10:34 am

Hey. Thanks so much for this article! I received one this morning from - Lisa <Akobiashot508@[redacted]>

Hi!

My name is Lisa.

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

Take a look at this document with the hyperlinks to my images you used at www.garyroe.com and my previous publication to obtain the evidence of my copyrights.

Download it right now and check this out for yourself:

https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/files-aaf52.appspot.com/o/shared/[redacted]

I believe you’ve intentionally infringed my rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and can be liable for statutory damages as high as $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 elimination of the infringing materials referenced above. Take note as a service provider, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act demands you, to remove or/and terminate access to the copyrighted materials upon receipt of this notice. If you do not stop the utilization of the previously mentioned copyrighted materials a court action can be initiated against you.

I do have a good faith belief that utilization of the copyrighted materials referenced above as allegedly infringing is not approved by the legal copyright proprietor, its agent, as well as laws.

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


Sincerely,
Lisa Akobia

Is there any action I need to take other than deleting this?? Thanks!

Reply

Just delete if you didn't click it

From Josh Kirschner on July 07, 2021 :: 10:19 pm

As long as you didn’t download and click the javascript file, you can just delete the email.

Reply

From: Jen Subject: redacted Dmca

From Lucy on July 07, 2021 :: 1:51 pm

From: Jen <Gonzaleshd410@[redacted]>
Subject: redacted Dmca Copyright Violation Notification email

Message Body:
Hello!

My name is Jen.

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

Check out this document with the URLs to my images you utilized at redacted and my earlier publication 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]

In my opinion that you willfully infringed my rights under 17 U.S.C. Sec. 101 et seq. and could possibly be liable for statutory damage of up to $150,000 as set forth in Sec. 504(c)(2) of the Digital millennium copyright act (”DMCA”) therein.

This letter is official notice. I seek the removal of the infringing materials referenced above. Please be aware as a service provider, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act requires you, to eliminate and terminate access to the copyrighted content upon receipt of this letter. If you do not cease the use of the aforementioned infringing content a lawsuit can be started against you.

I do have a good self-belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as presumably infringing is not authorized by the copyright owner, its legal agent, or the law.

I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in this letter is correct and that I am the legal copyright owner or am permitted to act on behalf of the proprietor of an exclusive and legal right that is allegedly violated.


Regards,
Jen Gonzales

07/07/2021

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Malicious files hosted in Google Cloud

From LINDA D JEZARD on July 07, 2021 :: 8:58 pm

A client forward one to me today, nearly same text.  The link was to a storage account in the Google cloud (googleapis.com).  I suspect it’s ransomware. 

There’s a post on Google’s support site about this where they ask we report instances where their storage is being abused:

https://support.google.com/webmasters/thread/29210246/storage-googleapis-abuse-report?hl=en

I think it’s surprising with the ransomware incidents going on now that Google isn’t more proactive about this.  Asking us to report? Surely they can detect some kind of signature in the malware?  Most of the would-be ransomware perpetrators are not very sophisticated and probably finding boxed scripts on the dark web…

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You would think

From Josh Kirschner on July 07, 2021 :: 10:21 pm

Yes, I would expect Google would be on top of these types of things. Though, given the issue the antimalware companies seem to be having consistently recognizing these trojans, I suspect there is some pretty good obfuscation happening on the code end to get past the scans.

Reply

We got the same email. Mistakenly clicked the link. Is my system compromised?

From John T. on July 08, 2021 :: 12:16 pm

Email:
morrisphoto497@[redacted]
Phone:
19179101927
First Name:
Attention: https://www.vatpay.com Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Copyright Violation Notification email
Company Name:
Amber Morris pix
how can we help you ?:
Hello there!

My name is Amber.

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

Check out this report with the URLs to my images you used at www.vatpay.com and my earlier publications to obtain the evidence of my copyrights.

Download it right now and check this out for yourself:

https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/files-aaf52.appspot.com/o/shared[redacted]

I really believe you’ve intentionally violated my legal rights under 17 U.S.C. Sec. 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages as high as $140,000 as set forth in Sec. 504 (c) (2) of the Digital millennium copyright act (DMCA) therein.

This message is official notice. I demand the elimination of the infringing materials referenced above. Please be aware as a company, the Dmca demands you, to remove or/and terminate access to the infringing content upon receipt of this particular notification letter. In case you do not cease the use of the aforementioned infringing materials a lawsuit can be initiated against you.

I have a strong self-belief that use of the copyrighted materials referenced above as allegedly infringing is not permitted by the legal copyright owner, its legal agent, as well as laws.

I swear, under consequence of perjury, that the information in this notification is correct and that I am the legal copyright proprietor or am authorized to act on behalf of the proprietor of an exclusive right that is presumably infringed.


Sincerely,
Amber Morris

07/07/2021

Reply

Hello there!My name is Lindsay.Your

From AB on July 08, 2021 :: 4:52 pm

Hello there!

My name is Lindsay.

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

Take a look at this official document with the URLs to my images you utilized at [redacted] and my previous publications to get the evidence of my copyrights.

Download it right now and check this out for yourself:

https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/[redacted]

I think that you intentionally infringed my rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages as high as $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 elimination of the infringing materials mentioned above. Take note as a service provider, the DMCA requires you, to remove and/or deactivate access to the copyrighted content upon receipt of this particular notification letter. If you do not cease the utilization of the previously mentioned infringing content a lawsuit can be commenced against you.

I do have a strong belief that use of the copyrighted materials mentioned above as presumably infringing is not authorized by the copyright owner, its legal agent, or the law.

I swear, under consequence of perjury, that the information in this letter is accurate and that I am the legal copyright proprietor or am permitted to act on behalf of the proprietor of an exclusive right that is presumably infringed.


Regards,
Lindsay Davis

07/08/2021

Reply

Thank you for your article

From Svetlana on July 08, 2021 :: 5:50 pm

I received a similar email through my contact page and thankfully the file did not download. This is what I received:

name :

Amber
email :

Moorephoto435@[redacted]
message :

Hi! My name is Amber. Your website or a website that your organization hosts is violating the copyright-protected images owned by me personally. Check out this report with the hyperlinks to my images you utilized at www.REDACTED.com and my earlier publications to get the proof 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] In my opinion that you intentionally infringed my rights under 17 U.S.C. Sec. 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages of up to $110,000 as set forth in Section 504 (c)(2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) therein. This letter is official notification. I demand the removal of the infringing materials mentioned above. Take note as a company, the DMCA requires you, to eliminate and disable access to the infringing content upon receipt of this notice. If you don’t cease the utilization of the above mentioned infringing content a legal action will be started against you. I have a strong faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as presumably infringing is not approved by the legal copyright proprietor, its legal agent, as well as law. I declare, under consequence of perjury, that the information in this letter is correct and that I am currently the legal copyright owner or am permitted to act on behalf of the proprietor of an exclusive right that is presumably infringed. Regards, Amber Moore 07/08/2021

Reply

Same message via my website form

From Bex Morley on July 08, 2021 :: 7:03 pm

Just received that exact same message, this time from a Lori Johnson (which was weird because I know someone with that name).

Sent via form submission from Bex Morley Illustration and Pattern Design

Name: Lori Johnson

Email: Johnsonpix348@[redacted]

Business Name: Lori

Message: Hi!

My name is Lori.

Your website or a website that your organization hosts is infringing on a copyrighted images owned by myself.

Take a look at this official document with the hyperlinks to my images you utilized at www.bexmorley.com and my earlier publication to get the proof of my copyrights.

Download it right now and check this out for yourself:

https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/files-aaf52.appspot.com/o/shared/[redacted]

I believe that you intentionally infringed my legal rights under 17 USC Section 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages 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 elimination of the infringing materials referenced above. Please take note as a company, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act demands you, to eliminate and disable access to the copyrighted content upon receipt of this particular letter. If you do not stop the use of the previously mentioned infringing materials a law suit can be started against you.

I do have a strong belief that utilization of the copyrighted materials mentioned above as presumably violating is not approved by the copyright proprietor, its legal agent, as well as law.

I declare, under consequence 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 proprietor of an exclusive and legal right that is presumably infringed.


Best regards,
Lori Johnson

07/09/2021

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DMCA Scam

From Rachel on July 08, 2021 :: 8:46 pm

I received a similar email, which at first I thought was legitimate because the name given is the same name as a lawyer who handles copyright law who comes up first thing on google search. However, after reviewing this article and the letters in the comments, I’m confident that its a malware scam. I’ve reported it to google and am including the letter below for comparison.

It was sent via the contact form on my website and I was surprised to see it, as I am diligent about not willfully violating copyright law on my site.

Sent via form submission from [redacted]

Name: Michael [redacted]

Email: [redacted]@yahoo.com

Subject: www.[redacted].com DMCA Copyright Violation Notice

Message: Hello there!

My name is Michael.

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

Check out this official document with the links to my images you utilized at www.[redacted].com and my previous publications to find the evidence of my copyrights.

Download it right now and check this out for yourself:

https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/files-aaf52.appspot.com/o/shared/[redacted]

I believe that you willfully infringed my rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages as high as $110,000 as set-forth in Section 504(c)(2) of the Digital millennium copyright act (DMCA) therein.

This letter is official notice. I seek the removal of the infringing materials mentioned above. Please take note as a company, the Dmca requires you, to remove or/and terminate access to the infringing materials upon receipt of this particular notice. In case you do not cease the utilization of the above mentioned infringing content a legal action will be commenced against you.

I have a strong self-belief that use of the copyrighted materials mentioned above as allegedly violating is not permitted by the legal copyright owner, its agent, as well as legislation.

I declare, under penalty of perjury, that the information in this message is accurate and that I am the legal copyright owner or am certified to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is presumably violated.


Sincerely,
Michael [redacted]

07/09/2021 [<—postdated, received on 7/8/21]

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Here is the message I

From SL on July 09, 2021 :: 9:53 am

Here is the message I got. I clicked on the link in the email and got the message you showed above - “If the download doesn’t start, click here” kind of thing. I didn’t click and I don’t see a file in my downloads so I am assuming I’m okay? Here is the message

Message: Hi there! My name is Natalie. Your website or a website that your company hosts is infringing on a copyright-protected images owned by myself. Check out this report with the links to my images you utilized at telegraph-np.frontrunnerpro.com and my earlier publication to find the proof 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] I do believe that you deliberately violated my legal rights under 17 USC Sec. 101 et seq. and could possibly be liable for statutory damage of up to $110,000 as set forth in Sec. 504 (c) (2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”) therein. This letter is official notice. I seek the removal of the infringing materials mentioned above. Please be aware as a company, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act demands you, to remove or terminate access to the infringing content upon receipt of this particular notice. In case you don’t stop the utilization of the aforementioned copyrighted materials a law suit will likely be commenced against you. I do have a strong belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as presumably infringing is not authorized by the legal copyright proprietor, its legal agent, or the legislation. I declare, under consequence of perjury, that the information in this letter is correct and that I am the copyright proprietor or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive and legal right that is presumably infringed. Best regards, Natalie Bagwell 07/09/2021

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I also got the email

From Lee on July 09, 2021 :: 10:04 am

I also got the email with the firestorage link. I clicked on the link and got the prompt to “click if my download didn’t open.” I didn’t, and I was taken to a folder with a javascript file, but didn’t download it. Am I in the clear? My computer has been acting a little slow and pokey since.

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You're probably okay

From Josh Kirschner on July 09, 2021 :: 11:03 am

If you didn’t click the javascript file to open, you’re probably ok. I’m making an educated guess that there is no way to make it drive-by executable when delivered through Firebase.

That said, if you have concerns, it is always a good idea to do a full scan of your computer afterwards for threats. The challenge is, which antimalware app to scan with, since many don’t pick up the various iterations of the trojan? The best way to do it would be to submit the javascript file to Virus Total, see which antimalware engine picks it up, and then scan with that.

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Scam Alert

From Zach on July 09, 2021 :: 11:17 am

From: “Don” <Higdemshot933@[redacted]>

Phone: [redacted]


Message: Hello!

My name is Don.

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

Take a look at this official document with the links to my images you utilized at www.[redacted].com and my earlier publications to get 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]

I do think that you deliberately violated my rights under 17 U.S.C. Sec. 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damage as high as $150,000 as set forth in Sec. 504 (c)(2) of the Digital millennium copyright act (”DMCA”) therein.

This letter is official notification. I demand the elimination of the infringing materials mentioned above. Please take note as a service provider, the Dmca requires you, to remove or/and disable access to the copyrighted content upon receipt of this particular notice. In case you don’t cease the use of the aforementioned infringing materials a court action will be initiated against you.

I have a strong faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as presumably violating is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, as well as legislation.

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


Regards,
Don Higdem

07/09/2021

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Name: Karen LeonardEmail Address: Leonardshot590@yahoo.comSubject:

From Javier Porragas on July 09, 2021 :: 6:12 pm

Name: Karen Leonard

Email Address: Leonardshot590@[redacted]

Subject: www.porragasfilms.com Dmca Copyright Violation Notice

Message: Hello!

My name is Karen.

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

Take a look at this doc with the hyperlinks to my images you used at www.porragasfilms.com and my earlier publications to get the proof 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]

I do believe you’ve intentionally violated my legal rights under 17 U.S.C. Sec. 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damage of up to $120,000 as set-forth in Sec. 504 (c) (2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”) therein.

This letter is official notice. I demand the removal of the infringing materials referenced above. Please take note as a service provider, the DMCA demands you, to eliminate and/or disable access to the infringing content upon receipt of this particular letter. In case you don’t stop the use of the above mentioned infringing content a legal action will likely be commenced against you.

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

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


Regards,
Karen Leonard

07/05/2021

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Email through contact form received

From Shani Moffat on July 12, 2021 :: 10:26 am

Hello there! My name is Lauren. Your website or a website that your organization hosts is infringing on a copyright-protected images owned by myself. Check out this official document with the hyperlinks to my images you utilized at www.(mywebsite).com and my previous publications to obtain the evidence of my copyrights. Download it right now and check this out for yourself: https://firebasestorage/redacted/ In my opinion you have deliberately infringed my legal rights under 17 USC Sec. 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages as high as $130,000 as set forth in Section 504(c)(2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”) therein. This letter is official notification. I demand the elimination of the infringing materials mentioned above. Please be aware as a service provider, the DMCA requires you, to remove and/or terminate access to the copyrighted content upon receipt of this particular notification letter. If you do not cease the utilization of the aforementioned infringing materials a lawsuit will be commenced against you. I do have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as presumably infringing is not permitted by the copyright owner, its legal agent, as well as law. I declare, under consequence of perjury, that the information in this notification is correct and that I am currently the legal copyright proprietor or am certified to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive and legal right that is allegedly violated. Regards, Lauren Chen 07/12/2021

Thanks,

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Received a very similar email today

From Doug on July 12, 2021 :: 8:04 pm

Thank you for your post to alert others! I received a similar email today. Following are the contents of the email (Note: I thankfully didn’t click on the embedded link. I was suspicious this was a scam as I very intentionally avoid using any clearly copyrighted images)...

Name: Meg Thomas

Email: Thomasstudio916@[redacted]

Subject: Attention: www.[redacted].com Dmca Copyright Infringement Notification email

Message: Hello!

My name is Meg.

Your website or a website that your organization hosts is infringing on a copyright protected images owned by me personally.

Check out this document with the hyperlinks to my images you used at www.[redacted].com and my previous publication to obtain the proof of my copyrights.

Download it now and check this out for yourself:

https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/storage-729af.appspot.com/o/files/[redacted]

I do believe you have intentionally infringed my legal rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damage of up to $120,000 as set-forth in Sec. 504 (c) (2) of the Digital millennium copyright act (”DMCA”) therein.

This letter is official notification. I seek the elimination of the infringing materials described above. Take note as a company, the DMCA demands you, to remove and/or disable access to the infringing materials upon receipt of this particular letter. In case you do not stop the use of the above mentioned infringing content a legal action can be initiated against you.

I have a good faith belief that utilization of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly violating is not permitted by the copyright proprietor, its agent, or the laws.

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


Sincerely,
Meg Thomas

07/13/2021

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Emailed from DMCA

From Son-son Domingo on July 12, 2021 :: 11:25 pm

got this email today and i panicked….

i emailed it back and this is what i got back.

Address not found .

Your message wasn’t delivered to purvisstudio896@[redacted] because the address couldn’t be found, or is unable to receive mail.
i also called the number shown here on the email but no answer.
i did clicked on the file as soon as i opened the link shown here.
what should i do. is this something i need to worry about? how do i fix this. please can anyone help me…
_____________________________________________________


Name:
Tamika
Email:
Purvisstudio896@y[redacted]
Phone Number:
[redacted]
Body:
Hi there!
My name is Tamika.
Your website or a website that your organization hosts is infringing on a copyright protected images owned by myself.
Check out this official document with the URLs to my images you used at www.mygiannaella.com and my earlier publication to find the proof of my copyrights.
Download it right now and check this out for yourself:
https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/storage-729af.appspot.com/o/files/[redacted]
I really believe you’ve deliberately infringed my legal rights under 17 USC Section 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages as high as $110,000 as set forth in Section 504 (c)(2) of the Digital millennium copyright act (DMCA) therein.
This letter is official notice. I demand the elimination of the infringing materials described above. Please take note as a company, the DMCA demands you, to remove and deactivate access to the infringing content upon receipt of this notice. If you don’t cease the use of the previously mentioned copyrighted content a lawsuit will be initiated against you.
I have a good belief that utilization of the copyrighted materials described above as presumably violating is not approved by the copyright proprietor, its agent, or the legislation.
I swear, under consequence of perjury, that the information in this notification is correct and that I am the legal copyright proprietor or am authorized to act on behalf of the proprietor of an exclusive and legal right that is presumably violated.

Regards,
Tamika Purvis
07/12/2021


_____________________________________________

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Same message through company contact form

From Mark Shipp on July 13, 2021 :: 12:27 am

Name: Michelle Brandenburg
Email Address: Brandenburgstudio528@[redacted]
Title/Position: VAR
Phone: [redacted]

Company: Michelle Brandenburg pixels
Website URL: shutterstock.com
Country: Other
Found Us Where: Search Engine

Comments/Questions:
Hello! My name is Michelle. Your website or a website that your organization hosts is violating the copyrighted images owned by myself. Take a look at this document with the links to my images you utilized at www.cognecy.com and my earlier publication to find the evidence of my copyrights. Download it right now and check this out for yourself: https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/storage-729af.appspot.com/o/files/[redacted] I think you have deliberately infringed my legal rights under 17 U.S.C. Sec. 101 et seq. and could 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 notification. I seek the removal of the infringing materials mentioned above. Please take note as a service provider, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act demands you, to eliminate or terminate access to the infringing materials upon receipt of this particular letter. If you don’t stop the utilization of the previously mentioned copyrighted materials a court action can be commenced against you. I have a strong self-belief that use of the copyrighted materials mentioned above as allegedly infringing is not authorized by the legal copyright proprietor, its legal agent, as well as laws. I declare, under consequence of perjury, that the information in this letter is accurate and that I am currently the legal copyright proprietor or am permitted to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is presumably infringed. Best regards, Michelle Brandenburg 07/13/2021

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fake copyright infringement

From Josephine on July 13, 2021 :: 1:14 am

I received this via my website contact form today. I did click on the link but didn’t download the file. My Mac laptop should be fine, right?
I’m based in Singapore - wondering if anyone else in my country has received this scam as well.

Name   Danielle
Last Name   Smith
Email   Smithstock297@[redacted]
Contact Telephone   ibys
Message   Hi!

My name is Danielle.

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

Check out this report with the URLs to my images you utilized at thenutritionmentor.com and my earlier publications to get the proof of my copyrights.

Download it right now and check this out for yourself:

https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/storage-729af.appspot.com/o/files/[redacted]

I think you have willfully infringed my legal rights under 17 USC Sec. 101 et seq. and could possibly be liable for statutory damage as high as $120,000 as set forth in Section 504 (c) (2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”) therein.

This letter is official notification. I demand the elimination of the infringing materials described above. Please be aware as a service provider, the DMCA requires you, to eliminate or/and disable access to the infringing content upon receipt of this particular notification letter. If you don’t cease the use of the aforementioned copyrighted materials a law suit can be commenced against you.

I do have a strong self-belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly violating is not approved by the legal copyright owner, its agent, or the legislation.

I declare, under penalty of perjury, that the information in this message is correct and that I am currently the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the proprietor of an exclusive right that is presumably infringed.


Regards,
Danielle Smith

07/12/2021

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Yup, got in my email today! (a different version)

From Curtis Vancura on July 13, 2021 :: 3:53 pm

Date/Time: 07-13-2021 01:20:34
name: Brittany
email: Henneberryhd511@[redacted]
phone: [redacted]
company: [redacted]
message: Hello there!

My name is Brittany.

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

Take a look at this doc with the hyperlinks to my images you utilized at www.wh-rm.com and my previous publications to get the evidence of my copyrights.

Download it right now and check this out for yourself:

https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/storage-729af.appspot.com/o/files/file-[redacted]

I do think you’ve willfully infringed my legal rights under 17 U.S.C. Sec. 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damage as high as $120,000 as set-forth in Section 504(c)(2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) therein.

This letter is official notification. I demand the removal of the infringing materials referenced above. Take note as a service provider, the Dmca demands you, to remove and terminate access to the infringing materials upon receipt of this particular letter. If you don’t cease the utilization of the previously mentioned copyrighted content a lawsuit will likely be commenced against you.

I have a strong self-belief that utilization of the copyrighted materials mentioned above as presumably infringing is not approved by the legal copyright owner, its legal agent, or the laws.

I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in this letter is correct and that I am the copyright proprietor or am permitted to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive and legal right that is presumably infringed.


Regards,
Brittany Henneberry

07/13/2021

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This just came through the contact us form

From Ben Glover on July 13, 2021 :: 7:01 pm

Name
Michelle
Phone Number
[redacted]
Email
Schroedershot227@[redacted]
Message
Hi there!
My name is Michelle.

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

Check out this doc with the URLs to my images you utilized at fitnesscentresales.com.au and my earlier publications to get the evidence of my copyrights.

Download it now and check this out for yourself:

https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/storage-729af.appspot.com/o/files/f[redacted]

I think you have intentionally infringed my legal rights under 17 U.S.C. Sec. 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages of up to $120,000 as set-forth in Sec. 504(c)(2) of the Digital millennium copyright act (DMCA) therein.

This letter is official notification. I demand the removal of the infringing materials referenced above. Take note as a company, the DMCA demands you, to eliminate and/or disable access to the infringing materials upon receipt of this particular notification letter. In case you do not stop the use of the previously mentioned copyrighted materials a legal action will be initiated against you.

I do have a good self-belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly violating is not authorized by the copyright owner, its legal agent, as well as law.

I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in this letter is accurate and that I am currently the copyright proprietor or am authorized to act on behalf of the proprietor of an exclusive and legal right that is presumably violated.

Best regards,
Michelle Schroeder

07/13/2021

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Received the same scam email

From Jud on July 14, 2021 :: 12:51 pm

Very disconcerting receiving this email, though any pics that aren’t ours to begin with are purchased through Shutterstock. Very legit appearance and I made the mistake of clicking on the firebasestorage.googleapis.com link which downloaded the zipped file. When I saw the .JS file I knew something wasn’t right and immediately deleted the package. Very tricky indeed.


*******************************************
E-mail : Bolastudio918@[redacted]

Message: Hello there!

My name is Denise.

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

Take a look at this official document with the links to my images you used at liplashorganic.com and my previous publication to find the evidence of my copyrights.

Download it right now and check this out for yourself:

https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/storage-729af.appspot.com/o/files/..[redacted]

I do believe that you deliberately infringed my legal rights under 17 USC Section 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages 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 notice. I demand the removal of the infringing materials mentioned above. Please be aware as a service provider, the DMCA demands you, to remove or/and deactivate access to the infringing content upon receipt of this notice. If you don’t stop the utilization of the aforementioned copyrighted materials a lawsuit will be commenced against you.

I have a strong self-belief that utilization of the copyrighted materials described above as presumably infringing is not authorized by the copyright owner, its legal agent, or the laws.

I declare, under penalty of perjury, that the information in this letter is accurate and that I am currently the copyright proprietor or am permitted to act on behalf of the proprietor of an exclusive right that is allegedly violated.


Best regards,
Denise Bola

07/13/2021

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Submitted on Contact Us Page

From Eleanor Emmott on July 14, 2021 :: 2:41 pm

Google’s Spam filters caught this when it arrived in my Gmail account.

Name:
Bethany

Email:
Powellphoto791@[redacted]

Phone:
[redacted]

Message:
Hello!

My name is Bethany.

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

Take a look at this doc with the links to my images you utilized at www.bloomsburgbaptistchurch.ca and my earlier publication to find the proof of my copyrights.

Download it right now and check this out for yourself:

https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/storage-729af.appspot.com/o/files/[redacted]

I believe you’ve willfully violated my rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damage of up to $110,000 as set-forth in Section 504 (c) (2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) therein.

This letter is official notice. I demand the elimination of the infringing materials mentioned above. Please take note as a service provider, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act requires you, to remove or deactivate access to the infringing materials upon receipt of this particular notice. If you do not stop the utilization of the above mentioned copyrighted content a lawsuit will likely be started against you.

I do have a strong self-belief that utilization of the copyrighted materials mentioned above as presumably violating is not authorized by the copyright proprietor, its agent, as well as law.

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


Best regards,
Bethany Powell

07/14/2021

Site: www.bloomsburgbaptistchurch.ca

Remote IP: 96.27.30.143

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3 of the same messages received via email - 3 different names (Angela, Barb, Alicia)

From Robin Changarathil on July 14, 2021 :: 6:19 pm

Hello!

My name is Barb.

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

Take a look at this doc with the URLs to my images you utilized at ________ and my earlier publications to obtain the evidence of my copyrights.

Download it right now and check this out for yourself:

https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/storage-729af.appspot.com/o/files/[redacted]

In my opinion that you intentionally infringed my rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and can be liable for statutory damages as high as $140,000 as set-forth in Section 504 (c) (2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) therein.

This message is official notification. I seek the removal of the infringing materials referenced above. Take note as a service provider, the DMCA demands you, to eliminate and/or disable access to the copyrighted materials upon receipt of this notification letter. If you do not stop the use of the aforementioned copyrighted content a court action will likely be started against you.

I have a good belief that utilization of the copyrighted materials mentioned above as allegedly infringing is not permitted by the copyright proprietor, its agent, as well as legislation.

I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in this letter is correct and that I am the legal copyright owner or am permitted to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive and legal right that is presumably violated.

Regards,
Barb Greene

07/14/2021

anov

-Barb ( Greenestudio617@[redacted] )

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Received on contact submission form today

From JMW on July 14, 2021 :: 11:08 pm

Name:
hellmi
Email:
Wellsstudio799@[redacted]
Subject:
misneu
Message:
Hello! My name is Lisa. Your website or a website that your company hosts is violating the copyright protected images owned by myself. Take a look at this official document with the links to my images you utilized at *******and my earlier publications to get the proof of my copyrights. Download it now and check this out for yourself: https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/storage-729af.appspot.com/o/files/[redacted] I do think you’ve intentionally violated my rights under 17 U.S.C. Sec. 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damage of up to $130,000 as set forth in Section 504 (c) (2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) therein. This letter is official notification. I seek the elimination of the infringing materials referenced above. Please be aware as a service provider, the DMCA demands you, to eliminate or disable access to the infringing content upon receipt of this notice. If you don’t cease the use of the aforementioned infringing materials a court action will likely be started against you. I have a strong self-belief that utilization of the copyrighted materials mentioned above as allegedly infringing is not authorized by the copyright proprietor, its agent, or the legislation. I declare, under consequence of perjury, that the information in this letter is accurate and that I am currently the copyright owner or am permitted to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive and legal right that is presumably violated. Regards, Lisa Wells 07/15/2021

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From: Brittany Subject: Re: m***s.com

From Shajee Waqar on July 15, 2021 :: 3:56 am

From: Brittany
Subject: Re: m***s.com Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Copyright Infringement Notification

Message Body:
Hello there!

My name is Brittany.

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

Take a look at this official document with the links to my images you used at m***s.com and my earlier publication to obtain the proof of my copyrights.

Download it right now and check this out for yourself:

https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/storage-729af.appspot.com/o/files/[redacted]

I really believe that you willfully infringed my rights under 17 USC Section 101 et seq. and could possibly be liable for statutory damages as high as $130,000 as set forth in Sec. 504 (c)(2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”) therein.

This message is official notice. I demand the removal of the infringing materials referenced above. Please take note as a company, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act demands you, to remove or/and disable access to the copyrighted materials upon receipt of this letter. In case you do not stop the use of the previously mentioned copyrighted content a court action will likely be commenced against you.

I do have a good faith belief that utilization of the copyrighted materials referenced above as presumably violating is not authorized by the legal copyright proprietor, its agent, or the laws.

I swear, under consequence of perjury, that the information in this letter is accurate and that I am currently the copyright owner or am permitted to act on behalf of the proprietor of an exclusive right that is presumably violated.


Best regards,
Brittany Pollard

07/15/2021

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As requested...

From Samuel Lackland on July 15, 2021 :: 6:12 am

Glad I found this page, I consider myself pretty savvy, but this nearly caught me out.

Received through my ‘Contact Us’ form on my website:

Hello there!

My name is Jessica.

Your website or a website that your organization hosts is infringing on a copyright-protected images owned by me personally.

Take a look at this doc with the links to my images you used at [redacted] and my previous publication to obtain the proof of my copyrights.

Download it now and check this out for yourself:

https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/storage-729af.[redacted]

I do believe that you willfully infringed my rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and can be liable for statutory damages 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 be aware as a service provider, the Dmca requires you, to eliminate and deactivate access to the infringing content upon receipt of this notice. In case you don’t cease the use of the above mentioned infringing materials a legal action will likely be initiated against you.

I have a good self-belief that use of the copyrighted materials referenced above as allegedly infringing is not permitted by the legal copyright owner, its legal agent, or the legislation.

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

Regards,
Jessica Bryan

07/14/2021

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received through website's contact form (15th july'21)

From AAYUSHI GUPTA on July 15, 2021 :: 10:43 am

Name:  Christine
Email:  Brownpix368@[redacted]
Phone:  [redacted]
Subject:  Attention:——- DMCA Copyright Violation Notification
Message :  Hi! My name is Christine. Your website or a website that your organization hosts is violating the copyright protected images owned by me personally. Take a look at this report with the hyperlinks to my images you used at www.——.com and my previous publication to obtain the proof of my copyrights. Download it right now and check this out for yourself: https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/storage-729af.appspot.com/o/files/[redacted] I do think you’ve deliberately infringed my legal rights under 17 USC Section 101 et seq. and can be liable for statutory damages of up to $120,000 as set forth in Sec. 504(c)(2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) therein. This message is official notification. I demand the elimination of the infringing materials referenced above. Please be aware as a service provider, the DMCA demands you, to remove and deactivate access to the infringing content upon receipt of this particular notice. If you do not cease the use of the aforementioned copyrighted materials a court action can be initiated against you. I have a strong faith belief that utilization of the copyrighted materials referenced above as presumably infringing is not permitted by the copyright proprietor, its legal agent, as well as law. I declare, under penalty of perjury, that the information in this notification is accurate and that I am currently the legal copyright owner or am permitted to act on behalf of the proprietor of an exclusive right that is presumably violated. Sincerely, Christine Brown 07/15/2021

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More Spam

From Rick Goldman on July 15, 2021 :: 10:55 am

My company https://advertising-excellence.com has our clients asking about this every day. This one came from a client of ours today:

Name: Nate
Email Address: Cashionstudio597@[redacted]
Phone: [redacted]
Message: Hello!

My name is Nate.

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

Check out this report with the links to my images you utilized at igtinsuranceprofessionals.com and my earlier publication to find the evidence of my copyrights.

Download it right now and check this out for yourself:

https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/storage-729af.appspot.com/o/files[redacted]

I think you have intentionally violated my legal rights under 17 USC Sec. 101 et seq. and can 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 notification. I demand the removal of the infringing materials described above. Take note as a company, the Dmca requires you, to remove or/and terminate access to the copyrighted content upon receipt of this letter. In case you do not cease the use of the above mentioned infringing content a court action will be started against you.

I do have a strong self-belief that utilization of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly infringing is not approved by the copyright owner, its agent, or the laws.

I declare, under consequence of perjury, that the information in this letter is correct and that I am currently the copyright proprietor or am certified to act on behalf of the proprietor of an exclusive and legal right that is presumably infringed.


Regards,
Nate Cashion

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Copyright infringement scam

From Charm on July 15, 2021 :: 10:58 am

Name: Tara Wallace

Email: Wallaceshot273@[redacted]

Subject: www.bloomtheory.com Dmca Copyright Violation Notice

Message: Hi there!

My name is Tara.

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

Check out this doc with the URLs to my images you used at www.bloomtheory.com and my earlier publications to obtain the evidence of my copyrights.

Download it right now and check this out for yourself:

https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/storage-729af.appspot.com/o/files/[redacted]

In my opinion you’ve deliberately infringed my rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages of up to $150,000 as set forth in Sec. 504 (c)(2) of the Digital millennium copyright act (DMCA) therein.

This letter is official notice. I seek the removal of the infringing materials mentioned above. Take note as a company, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act requires you, to remove and/or terminate access to the infringing content upon receipt of this particular letter. If you do not cease the use of the above mentioned copyrighted content a court action will likely be initiated against you.

I have a good self-belief that utilization of the copyrighted materials referenced above as presumably infringing is not approved by the copyright owner, its agent, as well as legislation.

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


Sincerely,
Tara Wallace

07/15/2021

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Brian DMCA scam

From Melissa on July 15, 2021 :: 11:19 am

Considering I personally took every photo on my site, this was a no brainer…
It’d be nice to be able to do something to stop this kind of BS!

Sent via form submission from **** Photo

Name: Brian

Email Address: Hagershot606@[redacted]

Subject: Attn: www.*****.com Dmca Copyright Violation Notice

Message: Hi there!

My name is Brian.

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

Check out this report with the hyperlinks to my images you utilized at www.***.com and my previous publication to find the proof of my copyrights.

Download it now and check this out for yourself:

https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/storage-729af.appspot.com/o/files/[redacted]

In my opinion you’ve intentionally infringed my rights under 17 U.S.C. Sec. 101 et seq. and could 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 letter is official notice. I demand the elimination of the infringing materials referenced above. Please take note as a company, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act demands you, to remove and deactivate access to the copyrighted content upon receipt of this particular notice. In case you don’t cease the use of the above mentioned infringing content a court action will be started against you.

I have a good belief that utilization of the copyrighted materials referenced above as presumably violating is not permitted by the copyright proprietor, its legal agent, as well as law.

I swear, under consequence of perjury, that the information in this message is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am certified to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive and legal right that is presumably violated.


Sincerely,
Brian Hager

07/15/2021

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Just got one of these

From Whitney on July 15, 2021 :: 11:19 am

Here’s the link I got. I wish there was somewhere I could forward these where they can be dealt with: https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/storage-729af.appspot.com/o/files/[redacted].

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Got a similar message via our contact company form

From Alejandro on July 16, 2021 :: 11:41 am

This time from a photographer named “Mary Graham”. It seems there is a well known photographer named Mary Graham in Los Angeles, but her focus is so different, I knew it couldn’t be her. The zip file also failed to download. Having a Mac is an advantage in that these malware files tend to be .exe files which don’t work on Macs. The other file used here is apparently a .js file, which technically you can open on a Mac but you have to jump through a few extra hoops to get it to open. So I’d say the malware they’re using here mostly targets Windows. I imagine Google disabled it, and that’s why it never asked me to download a .exe file. Why Google doesn’t completely remove the page however is something I’d like to know. This is the content of the email:

“Sent via form submission from xyxyxy…

Name: Mary Graham

Email Address: Grahamhd807@[redacted]

Message: Hi there!

My name is Mary.

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

Take a look at this report with the hyperlinks to my images you utilized at lunatoscana.vacations and my earlier publications to obtain the proof of my copyrights.

Download it right now and check this out for yourself:

https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/files-aaf52.appspot.com/o/shared/[redacted]

I think you’ve deliberately violated my legal rights under 17 U.S.C. Sec. 101 et seq. and can be liable for statutory damage of up to $110,000 as set forth in Sec. 504 (c)(2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”) therein.

This letter is official notice. I demand the removal of the infringing materials mentioned above. Please take note as a company, the Dmca requires you, to eliminate or/and deactivate access to the copyrighted materials upon receipt of this letter. In case you do not stop the use of the above mentioned copyrighted materials a legal action will be commenced against you.

I do have a good self-belief that utilization of the copyrighted materials mentioned above as presumably infringing is not permitted by the legal copyright proprietor, its legal agent, or the law.

I declare, under consequence of perjury, that the information in this message is correct and that I am the legal copyright proprietor or am permitted to act on behalf of the proprietor of an exclusive and legal right that is allegedly infringed.


Best regards,
Mary Graham

07/08/2021”

-end

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Should I be worried?

From Oops on July 19, 2021 :: 1:53 am

Hi Josh, my friend received this scam through his contact page form which I helped him make.

It looked phishy but I clicked on the link just to check about the claim…but did NOT download anything once I saw how weird it was. I’m running MacOS Sierra (yes, old), and used Chrome Incognito with AdBlock Plus extension. Should I be worried that I clicked on the firebase link?? :(

The email that was sent:
Hi! My name is Katrina. Your website or a website that your organization hosts is infringing on a copyright protected images owned by me personally. Check out this official document with the hyperlinks to my images you utilized at timothytcpa.ca and my earlier publication to obtain the evidence of my copyrights. Download it now and check this out for yourself: https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/storage-729af.appspot.com/o/files/[redacted] I believe you’ve willfully violated my rights under 17 USC Sec. 101 et seq. and could possibly be liable for statutory damage 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 elimination of the infringing materials described above. Please be aware as a company, the Dmca requires you, to eliminate or/and deactivate access to the copyrighted materials upon receipt of this particular notice. In case you do not cease the use of the previously mentioned infringing content a legal action will be started against you. I have a strong faith belief that utilization of the copyrighted materials referenced above as allegedly violating is not permitted by the copyright owner, its agent, as well as laws. I swear, under consequence of perjury, that the information in this letter is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am certified to act on behalf of the proprietor of an exclusive and legal right that is presumably infringed. Regards, Katrina Way 07/14/2021

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Don't worry if you just clicked the link

From Josh Kirschner on July 21, 2021 :: 6:14 pm

The malware requires that you download and click on the file to activate it. Just clicking on the firebase link won’t put you at risk.

And yes, you should get a new Mac to get off Sierra because that’s a pretty old OS. Also note that incognito mode and AdBlock won’t do anything to help you against these threats. Antimalware is a must, especially if you’re running an outdated OS. They’re not perfect (as I indicated in the article above), but it’s a lot better than nothing.

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Received same scam through squarespace form submission

From NB on July 19, 2021 :: 1:15 pm

Date: Fri, Jul 9, 2021 at 1:05 PM

Name: Carmen Staton

Email Address: Statonphoto588@[redacted]

Message: Hi!

My name is Carmen.

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

Check out this doc with the URLs to my images you used at [redacted] and my earlier publications to find the proof 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]

I think you have intentionally violated my rights under 17 USC Sec. 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages 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 elimination of the infringing materials described above. Please be aware as a company, the Dmca demands you, to eliminate and terminate access to the infringing content upon receipt of this notice. If you do not stop the use of the previously mentioned infringing content a court action can be started against you.

I do have a strong self-belief that utilization of the copyrighted materials mentioned above as presumably infringing is not permitted by the legal copyright owner, its legal agent, or the legislation.

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


Regards,
Carmen Staton

07/09/2021

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Hacker

From ofure igbelos on July 20, 2021 :: 5:23 pm

Hello!
My name is Kelly.
Your website or a website that your company hosts is infringing on a copyright protected images owned by me personally.
Check out this document with the links to my images you utilized at ubth.org and my earlier publications to find the proof of my copyrights.
Download it right now and check this out for yourself:
https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/storage-729af.appspot.com/o/files/[redacted]
I believe you’ve willfully infringed my rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and can be liable for statutory damages as high as $120,000 as set-forth in Section 504 (c)(2) of the Digital millennium copyright act (DMCA) therein.
This message is official notice. I demand the elimination of the infringing materials referenced above. Please be aware as a company, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act demands you, to eliminate or/and deactivate access to the copyrighted content upon receipt of this notice. If you don’t stop the utilization of the above mentioned infringing materials a lawsuit will likely be initiated against you.
I do have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials mentioned above as allegedly infringing is not authorized by the copyright proprietor, its agent, as well as legislation.
I swear, under consequence of perjury, that the information in this letter is correct and that I am the legal copyright proprietor or am permitted to act on behalf of the proprietor of an exclusive right that is allegedly violated.
Regards,
Kelly Griffin
07/13/2021
faibur
-Kelly ( Griffinshot507@[redacted] )

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I received this email

From Katherine on July 20, 2021 :: 6:49 pm

Message: Hello there!

My name is Shantell.

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

Check out this report with the URLs to my images you utilized at www…. and my previous publication to obtain the evidence of my copyrights.

Download it now and check this out for yourself:

https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/files-d6e6c.appspot.com/o/[redacted]

I believe that you deliberately violated my rights under 17 U.S.C. Sec. 101 et seq. and could possibly be liable for statutory damages as high as $110,000 as set forth in Sec. 504 (c)(2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”) therein.

This message is official notification. I demand the elimination of the infringing materials described above. Please be aware as a company, the Dmca demands you, to eliminate and/or terminate access to the infringing content upon receipt of this particular notification letter. In case you don’t cease the utilization of the previously mentioned copyrighted materials a court action will be initiated against you.

I do have a strong faith belief that utilization of the copyrighted materials referenced above as allegedly infringing is not approved by the copyright proprietor, its legal agent, or the law.

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


Regards,
Shantell Williams

07/20/2021

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I got the same email and was taking it seriously until I found your page.

From Cecilia on July 20, 2021 :: 7:40 pm

I clicked on the link but didn’t choose to download it. Glad I didn’t. I got this message:

My name is Heather.

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

Check out this document with the URLs to my images you used at www.______.com and my previous publications to obtain the evidence of my copyrights.

Download it now and check this out for yourself:

https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/files-d6e6c.appspot.com/o/[redacted]

In my opinion you have intentionally infringed my rights under 17 USC Sec. 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damage of up to $120,000 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. Please be aware as a company, the DMCA requires you, to remove or/and disable access to the copyrighted materials upon receipt of this particular notification letter. In case you do not cease the use of the aforementioned copyrighted content a law suit will likely be commenced against you.

I do have a good belief that use of the copyrighted materials mentioned above as presumably violating is not permitted by the copyright owner, its agent, as well as legislation.

I declare, under penalty of perjury, that the information in this letter is correct and that I am 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,
Heather Brown

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