15 Oct '13, 6pm

Worst virus ever locks your files, demands Bitcoin ransom

Worst virus ever locks your files, demands Bitcoin ransom

How much would you pay to avoid losing the wedding pictures stored on your computer? What about the financial documents for your small business? Or the first two chapters of the great American novel that you're totally going to finish at some point? Over the last few months, computer users around the world have been on the receiving end of a particularly troubling threat—pay $300 to a computer hacker who has installed an insidious virus on their systems or lose access to their files forever. The kicker: a ticking clock indicates they only have 100 hours in which to send the money. The virus is called CryptoLocker. And while the blackmail attempts may initially seem like idle threats, failing to pay could result in the files on hard drive getting cryptographically locked, making them effectively unusable. After being downloaded, CryptoLocker installs itself in a user's "Doc...

Full article: http://www.dailydot.com/crime/cryptolocker-virus-ransom-b...

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