Saturday, May 28, 2005

Watch Out Folks

Trojan Holds Computer Files To Ransom

NewScientist.com

Security experts warned on Tuesday of a new type of threat to computer users called “ransom-ware” - malicious code which tries to extort money from users by encoding files on their machines and holding them to ransom.

The new exploit was discovered by San Diego-based company Websense when a corporate client received a demand for $200 for the digital keys to unlock their data.

The malicious code was traced back to a corrupted website. It took advantage of a vulnerability in the victim’s web browser, which allowed the code embedded in the website to run automatically on the user’s PC. - More...

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