Virus writers get into cyber extortion
Incidence of cyber-blackmail attempts rose during the first three months of this year. Malicious hackers are moving away from 'stealth use' of infected computers - stealing personal data, using infected computers as part of zombie networks - to direct blackmailing of victims, according to a new report from Kaspersky Lab.
The study, Malware Evolution: January to March 2006, cites cases where virus writers have either encrypted data or corrupted system information before demanding a ransom for safe return of data victims. The quantities demanded vary beteen $50 and $2,500. Virus writers get into cyber-extortion | Channel Register
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