Hijackware: Your Money or Your Data

Antivirus companies have reported a few instances of viruses appearing that attempt to blackmail the infected user.

The viruses either encrypt important data on your PC (in the case of GPCode), so you can't get into the files anymore, or scramble the Windows registry (in the case of Krotten), so the PC doesn't run properly.

In either case, the blackmail notice appears as a dialog box (most often in Russian script) that demands a small amount of money in exchange for a method to get your data back. Today @ PC World - Stand and Deliver: Your Money or Your Data

Linked by shanmuga Wednesday, 9th November 2005 6:45AM