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Paragould residents rattled by FBI malware

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PARAGOULD, Ark. (AP) - A malicious computer program that is circulating has struck some computers in Greene County and left a number of residents wonder if they're being targeted by the FBI.

First Church of God Pastor Kevin Edgar says his computer became infected recently and he was taken aback by what he saw. Edgar says his webcam activated, showing him at his dining room table surrounded by wording that he had to resolve an FBI investigation.

The Paragould Daily Press reports the malware is a scam that tries to frighten people into giving up a credit card number. Local computer repair businesses say the program has sent dozens of residents in to have their computers scrubbed.

The malware may be transmitted by email attachments.

Information from: Paragould Daily Press,

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