"This is equivalent to someone coming into your home, putting your valuables in a safe and not telling you the combination," Oliver Friedrichs, a security manager for the security company Symantec, said.
Dubbed ransom-ware, the new form of attack could be instigated by a user visiting a website, or from downloading an attachment in an e-mail. In recent cases, law enforcement officers in special technical departments have been able to return the data to the victims without them having to make payments, but it is only time before a much more powerful encryption and virus code is used.
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