What's New: Virus Developers Demand Ransom

A new "virus" type, called "ransomware," encrypts data files, then leaves a note demanding $200 for the digital keys to unlock the files. This is a new twist in the digital realm.

Experts say that as of now it is pretty easy for an expert to deduce the unlock key and unlock the files. But they say they expect this type of virus to become very sophisticated in the near future as others jump on the bandwagon.

Thursday, May 26, 2005 10:43 am CDT

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