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Wolverton: Beware of ransomware, the latest cybercrime epidemic

Published Thursday May 12


Photo: Siliconvalley

A computer scam making the rounds could cost you hundreds of dollars or the ability to access your most precious pictures and sensitive files.

It’s called ransomware. It’s a type of malware that locks up computers or computer files and will not allow users to access them unless they pay up.

It’s heartbreaking, stated Jeremy Buschine, the director of IT service and repair at ClickAway, a chain of computer repair shops headquartered in Campbell. It’s about as close to cyberterrorism as I’ve ever seen.

Beginning this year, it really became an epidemic, stated Ryan Naraine, head of the global research and reasonable analysis team at Kaspersky Lab, a security software company.

Article length: About 1190 words.
Tags: In Campbell
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