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Tuesday, May 24, 2005
  NBC5.com - Technology - Hackers Demand Ransom For Locked Files
NBC5.com - Technology - Hackers Demand Ransom For Locked Files: "WASHINGTON -- The FBI is unraveling the latest in computer crime -- hackers who are holding data files and documents hostage in exchange for ransom.

The extortion program was detected by security researchers at Websense after a corporate customer fell victim to a computer infection. The malicious code 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.

A security manager at Symantec Corp. says it's like 'someone coming into your home, putting your valuables in a safe and not telling you the combination.'

Experts say this case is isolated. But, they warn, computer users could be infected by viewing a vandalized Web site with vulnerable Internet browser software."
 
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