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    Exclamation Hackers Holding Computer Files 'Hostage'

    WASHINGTON - Computer users already anxious about viruses and identity theft have new reason to worry: Hackers have found a way to lock up the electronic documents on your computer and then demand $200 over the Internet to get them back.

    Security researchers at San Diego-based Websense Inc. uncovered the unusual extortion plot when a corporate customer they would not identify fell victim to the infection, which encrypted files that included documents, photographs and spreadsheets.

    A ransom note left behind included an e-mail address, and the attacker using the address later demanded $200 for the digital keys to unlock the files.

    http://story.news.yahoo.com/s/ap/200...ernet_ransom_6

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    the people who do this **** deserves to be thrown in the bottom of a well. I can see its always good for me to keep storing my files and burning them to a CD.
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    CNN always inflates the problem.
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    This is great. This will teach people who DO get infected (and assuming they pay the $200) that they are VERY LUCKY that this virus doesn't DELETE their data and maybe.. JUST MAYBE will make some of these dodo's go out and actually get proper software to protect their computer.

    The Internet would be a safer place w/o all the retards who don't take the time to properly secure their system.. then bitch and moan when their computer is "too slow to even download music" because it's so infested with trojans, virus and other spyware crap that they don't even care!

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    some new plot of hackers.. Grrrrr.... wish they all go to H***
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    As scams go, this one is really dumb!

    Extorting money from large companies that hold sensitive customer data makes a little sense, because the companies are going to consider the ransom money worth it (if it's low enough) not to let their customers know that they've been hacked.

    Private citizens have no such qualms, and will head straight for the cops. They'll follow the money trail, and the idiot who's doing this will be caught.

    I really don't think we need to worry about an explosion of this type of scam!
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    The Internet would be a safer place w/o all the retards who don't take the time to properly secure their system.. then bitch and moan when their computer is "too slow to even download music" because it's so infested with trojans, virus and other spyware crap that they don't even care!
    even the best can't always keep their system 100% secure.
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    Originally posted by Rob83
    The Internet would be a safer place w/o all the retards who don't take the time to properly secure their system.. then bitch and moan when their computer is "too slow to even download music" because it's so infested with trojans, virus and other spyware crap that they don't even care!
    I hate to say it, but I am glad that there are that many retards out there.. If everyone was able to secure their system as good as us savvy people here on WHT, these malicious hackers / script kiddies, would be better at what they did and might be able to actually learn how to penetrate the most secure systems...

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    hmmm....I figure if I can do 10 docs a day, that $2000 a week

    in a year thats $104,000 a year which isnt bad....wonder if they're hiring..

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    Originally posted by Carp
    hmmm....I figure if I can do 10 docs a day, that $2000 a week

    in a year thats $104,000 a year which isnt bad....wonder if they're hiring..
    And all it will cost is being some big guy named bubba's man toy in prison. YAY...
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    Kerry, burning to disk is a terrible method, wouldn't an external, or even internal drive suit you better?
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    I usually burn several mb of data each time, but if its small enough i'll put it on a floppy disk.
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    If the internet was 100% secure, many people would have no jobs.

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