Hackers holding private computer files "hostage"

Wednesday, 25 May 2005, 3:03 AM EST

Computer users already anxious about viruses and identity theft have a new reason to worry: Hackers have now found a way to lock up the electronic documents on your computer and then demand $200 over the Internet to get them back.

Security researchers at San Diego-based Websense Inc. uncovered the unusual extortion plot when a corporate customer they would not identify fell victim to the infection, which encrypted files that included documents, photographs and spreadsheets.

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