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    files help hostage

    Washington - Computer users already anxious about viruses and identity theft have a new reason to worry: hackers have found a way to lock up the electronic documents on your computer and then demand $200 (about R1 200) over the Internet to get them back.

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    Yeah it would be really easy to trace bank transactions and capture the hacker ..... but I don't think that they are too damn fool ..... I prefer a drop off address ..... lol ...

    This method might work with companies that are REALLY paranoied about thier reputation not to get corrupted or distorted ....
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    Oliver Friedrichs, a senior manager at Symantec Security Response. "It is certainly concerning. This is the first time that we have seen cryptography used in this type of attack to hold your information hostage," he said....

    .....Researchers at Symantec have seen the malicious program used in the ransom attack. The "Trojan.Pgpcoder" searches a victim's hard disk drive for 15 common file types, including images and Microsoft Office file types. It then encrypts the files, removes the originals and drops a note asking $200 for the encryption key, Friedrichs said.

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