Ransomware rising

Tuesday, 9 May 2006, 3:04 AM EST

A relatively new form of malware may be starting to gain popularity among virus writers and Internet scam artists. Known as "ransomware," this type of malicious code invariably tries to seize control over the victim's files or computer until that person agrees to the attackers' demands, usually by transferring funds to the attackers through some form of online currency such as eGold or Webmoney.

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