The government can be darned serious about things, but no way would they use exclamation marks like you see in the graphics.
In fact the whole premise is wrong. You broke a law but they'll let you pick up where you left off by paying 200 bucks? Not likely. They also wouldn't lock your computer, they'd pay you a visit, and confiscate the machine as evidence.
Not that a victim would think of any of that when faced with such a situation. The best we can do is try to make everyone aware of this vector and to take a deep breath and think rationally in the event they're faced with something like this.
Alternately, Michael could just post an article predicting the end to all malware, and an enveloping breakout of world peace while were at it.
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