29 Nov '16, 6pm

Carleton University computers being held hostage for bitcoin

Students at Carleton University are being warned that some of its computers have been infected by ransomware — a type of computer virus that uses encryption to effectively hold files hostage in exchange for payment. "Any system accessible from the main network, that is Windows based, may have been compromised," the school's computing and communications services department wrote in an update to its website Tuesday morning. A graduate student at the university emailed CBC to say the attackers have asked for payment in bitcoin, a digital currency that is difficult to trace. According to a message he saw on a school computer, the attackers are asking for either two bitcoin per machine, or 39 bitcoin total to release the encrypted files — the latter equalling nearly $38,941 at today's rate on the popular Bitcoin exchange Coinbase. The school has warned students to ignore the me...

Full article: http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/ransomware-carleton-uni...

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