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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 :: 428 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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Fake copyright infringement notice from Intuit

From DB on January 30, 2022 :: 10:52 am

From: Donald <[redacted]@intuit.com>
Subject: Attn: DMCA Copyright Violation Notice

Message Body:
Hello,

Your website or a website that your organization hosts is violating the copyrighted images owned by our company (intuit Inc.).

Take a look at this document with the URLs to our images you utilized at and our previous publications to get the proof of our copyrights.

Download it right now and check this out for yourself:

https://storage.googleapis.com/d2r9f3uedtvngx.appspot.com/[redacted]

I believe you have intentionally violated our legal rights under 17 USC Sec. 101 et seq. and can 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 message is official notice. I demand the elimination of the infringing materials described above. Please take note as a company, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act demands you to remove and/or disable access to the infringing materials upon receipt of this particular notice. In case you don’t cease the utilization of the aforementioned infringing content a legal action will likely be initiated against you.

I have a strong faith belief that utilization of the copyrighted materials referenced above as presumably infringing is not approved by the legal copyright proprietor, its legal agent, as well as legislation.

I declare, under consequence of perjury, that the information in this notification is correct and hereby affirm that I am permitted to act on behalf of the proprietor of an exclusive right that is presumably infringed.


Very truly yours,
Donald Blaze
Legal Officer
intuit, Inc.

intuit.com

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Scam Email

From Ken Splane on February 06, 2022 :: 3:38 pm

This is a new kind of to me:

———-start email——
Name: Csani
Email: redacted@slack.com
Subject: Attention: www.redacted.net Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Copyright Violation Notification email
Message: Hello,
 
Your website or a website that your organization hosts is infringing on a copyrighted images owned by our company (slack Inc.).
 
Take a look at this report with the links to our images you used at www.sterileferal.net and our previous publications to find the proof of our copyrights.
 
Download it right now and check this out for yourself:
 
https://storage.googleapis.com/gjmp1ujyphj1iu.appspot.com/0/file/sh/public/d/0/fxredacted
 
I do think you’ve deliberately violated our rights under 17 USC Sec. 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 letter is official notice. I seek the elimination of the infringing materials referenced above. Please take note as a service provider, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act demands you to remove or/and deactivate access to the infringing materials upon receipt of this letter. If you do not cease the use of the aforementioned copyrighted content a law suit will be commenced against you.
 
I do have a strong self-belief that use of the copyrighted materials referenced above as allegedly infringing is not permitted by the legal copyright proprietor, its agent, or the law.
 
I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in this letter is correct and hereby affirm that I am permitted to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive and legal right that is presumably violated.
 
Very truly yours,
Csani Wells
Legal Officer
slack, Inc.
 
slack.com
 
02/06/2022

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False Copyright Infridgement

From Taylor on February 16, 2022 :: 5:40 pm

First_Name: Kelvin

Last_Name: Ross

Email: [redacted]@freshbooks.com

Phone: [redacted]

Questions: Hello, Your website or a website that your company hosts is violating the copyright protected images owned by our company (freshbooks Inc.). Check out this doc with the links to our images you utilized at www.cassiespearsteam.com and our previous publications to find the evidence of our copyrights. Download it right now and check this out for yourself: https://storage.googleapis.com/nrgf2f7amhu7jf.appspot.com/0/file/sh/public/d/0/[redacted] I do believe that you intentionally infringed our rights under 17 USC Sec. 101 et seq. and could possibly 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 message is official notice. I seek the elimination of the infringing materials referenced above. Please be aware as a company, the Dmca demands you to remove or/and disable access to the infringing content upon receipt of this notification letter. If you don’t cease the utilization of the above mentioned copyrighted materials a court action can be initiated against you. I have a strong belief that utilization of the copyrighted materials mentioned above as allegedly violating is not permitted by the legal copyright owner, its legal agent, or the laws. I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in this notification is accurate and hereby affirm that I am authorized to act on behalf of the proprietor of an exclusive and legal right that is presumably infringed. Sincerely yours, Kelvin Ross Legal Officer freshbooks, Inc. freshbooks.com 02/16/2022

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Attn: yourwebsite.com Dmca Copyright Violation Notice

From Darryl on February 22, 2022 :: 2:25 pm

Hello, Your website or a website that your company hosts is infringing on a copyright-protected images owned by our company (trello Inc.). Check out this document with the hyperlinks to our images you used at yourwebsite.com and our earlier publications to get the proof of our copyrights. Download it right now and check this out for yourself: https://storage.googleapis.com/i0amgd2nfm6uin.appspot.com/d/files/sh/pub/s/0/[redacted] I do believe that you deliberately violated our legal rights under 17 USC Sec. 101 et seq. and can 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 seek the removal of the infringing materials referenced above. Please be aware as a company, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act requires you to eliminate or disable access to the infringing content upon receipt of this letter. In case you do not cease the use of the aforementioned infringing materials a lawsuit will be started against you. I have a good self-belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly infringing is not approved by the copyright owner, its legal agent, as well as legislation. I swear, under consequence of perjury, that the information in this message is accurate and hereby affirm that I am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is presumably violated. Sincerely yours, Darryl Olson Legal Officer trello, Inc. trello.com 02/22/2022

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Website contact us

From Bere on March 10, 2022 :: 10:50 am

Email Address: [redacted]@xero.com

Message: Hello,

Your website or a website that your company hosts is violating the copyright-protected images owned by our company (xero Inc.).

Take a look at this report with the URLs to our images you utilized at www.sweet1985.com and our earlier publication to find the proof of our copyrights.

Download it now and check this out for yourself:

https://storage.googleapis.com/y8e4b6nv020vwz.appspot.com/d/files/sh/pub/s/0/[redacted]

I believe you’ve willfully violated our legal rights under 17 USC 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 notice. I seek the elimination of the infringing materials mentioned above. Take note as a service provider, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act requires you to remove and/or terminate access to the infringing materials upon receipt of this particular notice. If you do not stop the use of the above mentioned copyrighted materials a court action will be commenced against you.

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

I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in this letter is correct and hereby affirm that I am certified to act on behalf of the proprietor of an exclusive and legal right that is allegedly infringed.


Very truly yours,
Christopher Eaton
Legal Officer
xero, Inc.

xero.com

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From: Ranjit RanjitHall@freshbooks.comSubject: ldtexsol.com Digital

From LD Texsol on March 24, 2022 :: 2:52 am

From: [redacted]@freshbooks.com
Subject: ldtexsol.com Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Copyright Violation Notice

Message Body:
Hello,

Your website or a website that your company hosts is violating the copyrighted images owned by our company (freshbooks Inc.).

Take a look at this report with the URLs to our images you utilized at ldtexsol.com and our previous publications to get the evidence of our copyrights.

Download it now and check this out for yourself:

https://storage.googleapis.com/y8e4b6nv020vwz.appspot.com/[redacted]

I believe you have willfully infringed our legal rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and could possibly 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 described above. Please be aware as a service provider, the DMCA demands you to eliminate and terminate access to the copyrighted materials upon receipt of this particular letter. If you do not stop the use of the aforementioned copyrighted materials a legal action will be initiated against you.

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

I swear, under consequence of perjury, that the information in this message is accurate and hereby affirm that I am authorized to act on behalf of the proprietor of an exclusive right that is presumably violated.

Very truly yours,
Ranjit Hall
Legal Officer
freshbooks, Inc.

freshbooks.com

03/11/2022


This e-mail was sent from a contact form on LD Texsol (https://ldtexsol.com)

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Got this twice through our contact us form

From Mik on March 31, 2022 :: 2:13 pm

Hello,

Your website or a website that your organization hosts is violating the copyrighted images owned by our company (zoho Inc.).

Take a look at this report with the links to our images you used at greenfield-ma.gov and our previous publications to obtain the proof of our copyrights.

Download it now and check this out for yourself:

https://storage.googleapis.com/obf2d1zfty6ck4.appspot.com[redacted]

I believe that you intentionally infringed our legal rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and could possibly 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 message is official notification. I seek the removal of the infringing materials referenced above. Please take note as a company, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act demands you to remove or deactivate access to the infringing content upon receipt of this particular letter. If you don’t stop the utilization of the above mentioned copyrighted content a legal action can be commenced against you.

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

I declare, under penalty of perjury, that the information in this notification is accurate and hereby affirm that I am certified to act on behalf of the proprietor of an exclusive right that is allegedly violated.


Very truly yours,
Kelechi Clementi
Legal Officer
zoho, Inc.

zoho.com

Reply

I get these all the time through my contact page

From Aris on April 14, 2022 :: 8:04 pm

From: Eric <EricChung@mailchimp.com>
Subject: Attention: xxx.com.au DMCA Copyright Violation Notice

Message Body:
Hello,

Your website or a website that your company hosts is infringing on a copyrighted images owned by our company (mailchimp Inc.).

Check out this official document with the hyperlinks to our images you utilized at avewood.com.au and our earlier publications to obtain the proof of our copyrights.

Download it right now and check this out for yourself:

https://storage.googleapis.com/jxyf6gyeulc1s7.appspot.com/[redacted]

I do think you have willfully infringed our rights under 17 USC 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 message is official notification. I seek the removal of the infringing materials mentioned above. Take note as a company, the Dmca demands you to eliminate or/and terminate access to the copyrighted content upon receipt of this notification letter. In case you don’t cease the utilization of the aforementioned copyrighted content a legal action will be initiated against you.

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

I declare, under consequence of perjury, that the information in this letter is accurate and hereby affirm that I am certified to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive and legal right that is allegedly infringed.


Best regards,
Eric Chung
Legal Officer
mailchimp, Inc.

mailchimp.com


04/14/2022

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i almost fell for it!

From richard henderson - Home Business Magazine on April 19, 2022 :: 1:57 pm

Thanks for clarifying.  I handle any incoming legal inquiry, and I almost clicked the links.  But i figured i’d do a google search and found this article.  I then checked and we’ve been receiving these ransomware notices as comments at the website.  As someone who gets hit by “legal copyright trolls” over images, the comment does seem legit and gets your attention.  Thanks again, Richard

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DMCA

From Peter Simmonds on April 22, 2022 :: 10:00 am

I have had one of those emails, which I assume is a scam.
However, if it was legitimate is that how a company would contact you? Or, is a legitimate notice in a different format?

Regards

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It's the content that's the clue, not the method

From Josh Kirschner on April 22, 2022 :: 10:34 am

Someone may try to contact you through any means available regarding copyright claims (some websites have poor contact or business owner information). The big red flag here is that a real person would provide details on the specific content being contested, including where the claimed original content is hosted or some other evidence of ownership. Sending you to an external hosted file to get basic details about the claim is very suspicious.

FWIW, a “real” company contacting you, especially an established one like Mailchimp, also wouldn’t have an outreach note littered with grammatical errors and such awkward command of the English language.

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scam

From david Billington on April 27, 2022 :: 11:45 am

Hello,

Your Website Or A Website That Your Organization Hosts Is Violating The Copyright-protected Images Owned By Our Company (netsuite Inc.).

Check Out This Doc With The Hyperlinks To Our Images You Used At Www.specialtycarsjc.com And Our Earlier Publication To Get The Evidence Of Our Copyrights.

Download It Right Now And Check This Out For Yourself:

Https://storage.googleapis.com/vke8rq4dfj4fej.appspot.com/sh/f/pub/[redacted]

I Think You’ve Intentionally Violated Our Legal Rights Under 17 USC Section 101 Et Seq. And Could 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 Notification. I Demand The Elimination Of The Infringing Materials Referenced Above. Take Note As A Company, The Digital Millennium Copyright Act Demands You To Remove And Disable Access To The Copyrighted Materials Upon Receipt Of This Particular Letter. If You Don’t Stop The Utilization Of The Previously Mentioned Infringing Materials A Court Action Can Be Commenced Against You.

I Do Have A Good Self-belief That Use Of The Copyrighted Materials Referenced Above As Allegedly Violating Is Not Approved By The Legal Copyright Proprietor, Its Agent, As Well As Legislation.

I Swear, Under Consequence Of Perjury, That The Information In This Notification Is Correct And Hereby Affirm That I Am Certified To Act On Behalf Of The Proprietor Of An Exclusive And Legal Right That Is Allegedly Infringed.

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They're still at it in 2022

From Seth von Handorf on April 27, 2022 :: 12:05 pm

From the contact us page on our website:

“Name: Mohamed

Email: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Message: Hello,

Your website or a website that your organization hosts is infringing on a copyright-protected images owned by our company (zoho Inc.).

Check out this doc with the hyperlinks to our images you utilized at www.sunnydayot.com and our earlier publication to find the evidence of our copyrights.

Download it now and check this out for yourself:

https://storage.googleapis.comXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

I do think you have willfully infringed our rights under 17 U.S.C. Sec. 101 et seq. and could possibly be liable for statutory damages 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 elimination of the infringing materials referenced above. Take note as a company, the Dmca demands you to remove and/or deactivate access to the infringing materials upon receipt of this letter. If you do not cease the use of the previously mentioned copyrighted materials a lawsuit can be initiated against you.

I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials referenced above as presumably violating is not authorized 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 hereby affirm that I am permitted to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly violated.


Best regards,
Mohamed Linquist
Legal Officer
zoho, Inc.

zoho.com


04/27/2022”

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Sent via my contact form on my website

From brianna on April 28, 2022 :: 8:15 pm

Hello,

Your website or a website that your company hosts is infringing on a copyright-protected images owned by our company (slack Inc.).

Check out this doc with the URLs to our images you used and our previous publication to find the proof of our copyrights.

Download it now and check this out for yourself:

https://storage.googleapis.com/xqy11f8vthfwch.appspot.com/sh/f/pub/[redacted]

I do believe that you willfully violated our legal rights under 17 USC 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 referenced above. Please be aware as a service provider, the Dmca demands you to remove or/and disable access to the infringing materials upon receipt of this notice. If you don’t cease the utilization of the above mentioned infringing content a legal action will likely be initiated against you.

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

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


Best regards,
Jared Armendariz
Legal Officer
slack, Inc.

slack.com

Reply

Here is another version of the same scam message I have received through the contact form of my webs

From Florian Hoefner on April 28, 2022 :: 9:54 pm

Hello,

Your website or a website that your company hosts is infringing on a copyright-protected images owned by our company (freshbooks Inc.).

Check out this official document with the hyperlinks to our images you utilized at florian-hoefner.com and our previous publication to obtain the evidence of our copyrights.

Download it now and check this out for yourself:

https://storage.googleapis.com/xqy11f8vthfwch.appspot.com/sh/f/pub[redacted]

I think you have intentionally infringed our rights under 17 USC 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 message is official notice. I demand the elimination of the infringing materials referenced above. Take note as a company, the Dmca requires you to eliminate or/and terminate access to the copyrighted materials upon receipt of this letter. In case you do not cease the utilization of the previously mentioned infringing materials a legal action will be initiated against you.

I have a strong belief that use of the copyrighted materials mentioned above as allegedly infringing is not approved by the copyright owner, its agent, as well as law.

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


Sincerely yours,
Clinton Fico
Legal Officer
freshbooks, Inc.

freshbooks.com


04/28/2022

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Have another...

From Shmana on May 04, 2022 :: 4:23 am

Here’s one I got this morning. It immediately looked suspicious 1) based on the “check it out for yourself” language and 2) because any decent legal officer would not be providing “official notice” via contact form on a website which prominently shows a legit e-mail and mailing address. Sure enough, my Duck-Duck-Go-ing did not lead me to “Peter Peterson” at mailchimp but rather to this page.

Name: Peter Peterson

email: PeterPeterson@mailchimp.com

I am interested in working with you regarding: Lectures and teaching

Comments (optional): Hello,

Your website or a website that your company hosts is violating the copyright-protected images owned by our company (mailchimp Inc.).

Check out this official document with the URLs to our images you utilized at XXXXXXXXXXXX.com and our earlier publication to get the evidence of our copyrights.

Download it now and check this out for yourself:

https://storage.googleapis.com/sf796cw3zbj6nk.appspot.com/sh/f/pub/[redacted]

I do believe you’ve intentionally violated our rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 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 notice. I seek the elimination of the infringing materials mentioned above. Please take note as a company, the Dmca demands you to eliminate and/or deactivate access to the infringing content upon receipt of this particular letter. In case you do not stop the use of the previously mentioned infringing materials a lawsuit will be initiated against you.

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

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


Best regards,
Peter Peterson
Legal Officer
mailchimp, Inc.

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Scam

From Mike on May 06, 2022 :: 2:37 pm

Name: Sam Jackson

Company: Sam

Email: SamJackson@zoho.com

Phone:

Request Type: Demo Request

Message: Hello, Your website or a website that your organization hosts is violating the copyright protected images owned by our company (zoho Inc.). Take a look at this document with the URLs to our images you utilized at www.atscale.com and our previous publications to obtain the proof of our copyrights. Download it right now and check this out for yourself: https://storage.googleapis.com/rm4puu6v4d6ali.appspot.com/fl/k/[redacted] I believe that you willfully violated our rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 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 notice. I demand the elimination of the infringing materials described above. Take note as a company, the DMCA demands you to remove or terminate access to the copyrighted content upon receipt of this particular notification letter. In case you don’t stop the use of the aforementioned infringing materials a lawsuit will be initiated against you. I do have a good self-belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly infringing is not approved by the legal copyright owner, its legal agent, or the law. I declare, under penalty of perjury, that the information in this message is correct and hereby affirm that I am permitted to act on behalf of the proprietor of an exclusive and legal right that is allegedly infringed. Very truly yours, Sam Jackson Legal Officer zoho, Inc. zoho.com 05/05/2022

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fake mail - Copyright sharing infringement notice - Case: 10567220205

From Mukesh Gupta on May 07, 2022 :: 9:57 am

Dear ... ,
Your operator Elisa (the “Service provider”) has granted your information in regards to suspected infringement of copyrighted works made on or over your mobile broadband subscription. We have identified the Internet Protocol (“IP”) address associated with your service account as the source of the infringing works. The copyright owner Warner Bros. Television Distribution has authorized Baker & Goldstein as the sole proprietor of the copyrighted works within your country of residence. The details of the infringed copyright work(s) shared illegally are as follows:
Asset size: 1.4 GB
IP address: 109.18.208.89
Protocol: BitTorrent
Date: 2022-02-05
If this claim was made in error, fill the following reclamation form WITHIN THREE (3) business days of receiving this message. If you do not respond, you will receive a compensation proposal to settle this issue without legal intervention.


Thank you for you cooperation.
Steven Ward
Associate
+974 4474 8775 47
steven.ward@bakergoldstein.com

Baker & Goldstein, LLC.
4th Floor, Salam Tower, West Bay
Doha, Qatar
+974 4474 8775 00

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Thank you for forwarding

From Josh Kirschner on May 09, 2022 :: 4:27 pm

That looks like a new flavor on the same or similar scam. Curious if that is actually an IP address you use in France or if they are just throwing a generic one out there?

If you follow the link, was this a malware or a phishing scam?

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Got one too

From Jessie on May 09, 2022 :: 4:11 pm

From: Nick
Email: NickPatterson@hubspot.com
Phone: [redacted]

Message Body:
Hello,

Your website or a website that your company hosts is infringing on a copyright-protected images owned by our company (hubspot Inc.).

Take a look at this document with the hyperlinks to our images you used at [website url] and our earlier publications to obtain the evidence of our copyrights.

Download it now and check this out for yourself:

https://storage.googleapis.com/thp3op7t1nry20.appspot.com/fl/k/public[redacted]

I think that you deliberately violated our rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages 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 elimination of the infringing materials mentioned above. Please take note as a company, the Dmca demands you to remove and/or terminate access to the infringing materials upon receipt of this letter. If you do not stop the utilization of the aforementioned copyrighted materials a legal action can be initiated against you.

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

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


Sincerely yours,
Nick Patterson
Legal Officer
hubspot, Inc.

hubspot.com

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Downloaded file but didn't open/unzip

From Ryan on May 09, 2022 :: 5:53 pm

Hello I downloaded the file but didn’t open/unzip it and then deleted it from the folder and the recycle bin. Is there another step I should take to make sure I’m safe?

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You should be fine

From Josh Kirschner on May 10, 2022 :: 11:57 am

If you didn’t open the file, you should be fine. But always safest to run a full AV scan just to make sure.

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Looks very realistic but made no sense so didn't fall for it

From Marina on May 10, 2022 :: 2:04 pm

Name   Mike
Last   Dickerson
Email   MikeDickerson@netsuite.com
Subject   mypalestinianstory.com DMCA Copyright Violation Notification
Message   Hello,

Your website or a website that your company hosts is violating the copyrighted images owned by our company (netsuite Inc.).

Take a look at this report with the URLs to our images you used at mypalestinianstory.com and our previous publications to get the proof of our copyrights.

Download it right now and check this out for yourself:

https://storage.googleapis.com/oieqeh1cxwnd81.appspot.com/[redacted]

I do believe you have deliberately infringed our legal rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and could possibly 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 message is official notice. I demand the elimination of the infringing materials described above. Take note as a service provider, the DMCA requires you to remove or terminate access to the infringing materials upon receipt of this particular notification letter. In case you don’t cease the use of the previously mentioned copyrighted materials a court action will likely be commenced against you.

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

I declare, under penalty of perjury, that the information in this notification is correct and hereby affirm that I am certified to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive and legal right that is allegedly infringed.


Sincerely yours,
Mike Dickerson
Legal Officer
netsuite, Inc.

netsuite.com


05/10/2022

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Got this via a web contact form

From Security Conscious Consumer on May 10, 2022 :: 3:13 pm

Very similar to earlier reported scams. This one came via a Gravity Forms contact form with Recaptcha and Honey Pot enabled. Sensitive bits redacted for safety. Did a search for the supposed contact as well as some full text queries, landing here. Be wary friends!


Hello,

Your website or a website that your company hosts is infringing on a copyrighted images owned by our company (hubspot Inc.).

Check out this official document with the links to our images you utilized at www.yourdomain.net and our earlier publication to get the evidence of our copyrights.

Download it now and check this out for yourself:

https://storage.googleapis.com/oieqeh1cxwnd81.appspot.com/bl/file/sh/0/[redacted]

I do think you’ve intentionally violated our legal rights under 17 USC 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 letter is official notification. I demand the elimination of the infringing materials mentioned above. Take note as a service provider, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act demands you to remove or/and terminate access to the infringing materials upon receipt of this notice. If you do not cease the utilization of the above mentioned copyrighted materials a legal action will 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 agent, as well as laws.

I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in this notification is accurate and hereby affirm that I am certified to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive and legal right that is presumably violated.


Best regards,
Luis Gatling
Legal Officer
hubspot, Inc.

hubspot.com

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Brian Gary Legal Office Hubspot

From Amy on May 10, 2022 :: 3:47 pm

You have received a new website message from the Contact Us form
from: Brian
BrianGary@hubspot.com

blwc.org DMCA Copyright Infringement Notice

Hello,

Your website or a website that your organization hosts is violating
the copyrighted images owned by our company (hubspot Inc.).

Check out this official document with the URLs to our images you used
at blwc.org and our previous publications to find the proof of our
copyrights.

Download it now and check this out for yourself:

https://storage.googleapis.com/....

I do think you have deliberately violated our rights under 17 U.S.C.
Section 101 et seq. and can 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 demand the removal of the infringing
materials described above. Take note as a company, the Dmca demands
you to remove or terminate access to the infringing content upon
receipt of this particular letter. In case you don’t stop the
utilization of the above mentioned infringing materials a legal action
will be started against you.

I have a strong 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 laws.

I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in this
notification is correct and hereby affirm that I am permitted to act
on behalf of the proprietor of an exclusive right that is presumably
violated.


Best regards,
Brian Gary
Legal Officer
hubspot, Inc.

hubspot.com


05/10/2022

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Received this today through my

From Sarah Shorthose on May 10, 2022 :: 10:56 pm

Received this today through my website contact form from ‘[redacted]@freshbooks.com

Hello, Your website or a website that your company hosts is infringing on a copyright protected images owned by our company (freshbooks Inc.). Check out this doc with the hyperlinks to our images you used at www.sjanephotography.com and our previous publications to find the proof of our copyrights. Download it now and check this out for yourself: https://storage.googleapis.com/oieqeh1cxwnd81.appspot.com/bl/file/sh/[redacted] I do believe you’ve intentionally violated our rights under 17 U.S.C. Sec. 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 referenced above. Please take note as a service provider, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act requires you to remove and terminate access to the copyrighted content upon receipt of this particular notification letter. If you do not stop the utilization of the above mentioned infringing content a law suit can be initiated against you. I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials mentioned above as allegedly infringing is not permitted by the copyright proprietor, its agent, as well as laws. I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in this notification is accurate and hereby affirm that I am permitted to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive and legal right that is allegedly infringed. Sincerely yours, Mike Jackson Legal Officer freshbooks, Inc. freshbooks.com 05/11/2022

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Fake Copyright Infringement Warnings Used to Spread Ransomware

From Purushottam Gaurav on May 12, 2022 :: 7:58 am

We have received the same type of spam link on our website: https://www.emergenresearch.com/

https://storage.googleapis.com/h9206085s4jgv6.appspot.com/[redacted]

with similar message as above.
I tried to download the file, but it did not get downloaded, am i safe or do i need to take any action regarding this.

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