Web virus holds computer files ‘hostage’
Source: MSNBC - Posted by Pax Dickinson   
Hacks/Cracks 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.

“This is equivalent to someone coming into your home, putting your valuables in a safe and not telling you the combination,? said Oliver Friedrichs, a security manager for Symantec Corp.

The infection locked up at least 15 types of data files and left behind a note with instructions to send e-mail to a particular address to purchase unlocking keys. In an e-mail reply, the hacker demanded $200 be wired to an Internet banking account. “I send programm to your email,? the hacker wrote.

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