How My Mom Got Hacked

How My Mom Got Hacked


MY mother received the ransom note on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. It popped up on her computer screen soon after she'd discovered that all of her files had been locked. "Your files are encrypted," it announced. "To get the key to decrypt files you have to pay 500 USD."

If my mother failed to pay within a week, the price would go up to $1,000. After that, her decryption key would be destroyed and any chance of accessing the 5,726 files on her PC - all of her data - would be lost forever.

[Is was signed] "Sincerely, CryptoWall."


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***** Moderator's Note *****

Shameless Plug for my favorite author:

Neal Stephenson's book "Reamde" is built around the premise of a data theft - from Russion Mobsters. If Neal reads this, I'd like a signed copy.

Bill Horne Moderator

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Monty Solomon
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Per Monty Solomon:

It's also an implicit plug for keeping backups.

Plural bc multiple drives, only one of which is online at any given time.

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