Download Squad brings a new internet scam to light, and I've got to tip my hat to the scammers: I appreciate the sheer con artistry of this one.

The malware makes itself appear to be a 'Copyright violation alert' that pretends to scan your computer and identifies pirated copyrighted material. It then tells you that you'll have to go to court for your piracy. But they'll go easy on you just this once! If you pay $400 for a pre-trial settlement, the whole deal will be forgotten and you won't have to face trial. It's genius in its simplicity.

So anyway: Be advised that if you're pirating things online and this notice comes up:


It's not real.