Current Evolution of Internet Extortion

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Source Title:
Hackers Holding Computer Files 'Hostage'
Story Text:

So first there was viruses, email fraud, spyware, worms, and DOS attacks. Now there is encryption extortion. You visit an infected website and your vulnerable browser gets infected. The next thing you know your files are all encrypted and you receive a ransom note for $200 in exchange for the unlocking keys.

Don't think IE is the only vulnerable browser. Firefox is fast becoming a target since it now has a decent market share to attack.

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Big targets

Yea, a lot of online gaming companies get targeted with similar but much more extravagent tactics. Multiple servers being locked, losing XX,XXX/day... Crazy stuff.

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