Computer Hijacking

An article in USA Today discusses the issue of computer hijacking...where a bad guy gains access to your computer and then encrypts your files and documents. The bad guy then leaves you a message with details on how to get the key to unencrypt your files. These types of attacks are not yet widespread, but if they prove to be successful money-makers, they may become more frequent.

Apparently the bad guys are not asking for much money, which means most small businesses won't bother to report the crime and most jurisdictions won't bother to investigate.

For the details, take a look at the article.

This story is related to the e-mail hijacking story.

To protect yourself...use quality anti-virus, firewall and anti-spyware software. I intend to write an article about these, as soon as I get the chance, so keep checking back.


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