Saturday, January 30, 2010

Beware of Ransomware

Spam is always annoying and makes us waste time cleaning out email boxes.  Unfortunately, there seems to be a rise in the use of a malicious extortion scheme as of late.  According to MSNBC, a more aggressive ransomware has emerged, literally seizing a person's PC until they pay to get use of it back.  See a video about how it works below...

Rogueware with new Ransomware Technology™ from Panda Security on Vimeo.

Most of these schemes ask for payments in the range of $50 - $89 for a fake "protection" program, and has been deemed as criminal by authorities.

The Terminator's take...keep your eyes open, and don't fall for an extortion scheme!  Keep your computer protected and never follow a link you don't trust!