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Malware-powered frauds that lock up victims' computers - or worse yet, encrypt files and force them to pay a fee to unlock their information - increased by 500 per cent during 2013, according to a study by Symantec. Symantec's latest global Internet Security Threat Report also revealed that targeted attack campaigns for the …


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  1. Ted Treen


    It's arseholes like these who make me reconsider my long-held opposition to Capital Punishment.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Harrumph...

      Too good for them.

      I suggest forced labour camps for these kind of people....

      1. AbelSoul

        Re: Capital punishment...

        Too good for them.

        Crucifixion's a doddle...

  2. Alister Silver badge

    Personal assistants and those working in public relations were the two most targeted professions, according to Symantec's report

    The solution is obvious...

    B Ark.

    1. Steven Raith

      I dunno about PAs - I've met PAs who do most of the job of the person they are PAing to, with said Important Person basically being a customer service rep for the operation, in effect.

      Completely agree with marketint types, however. Although I think a B-Ark might be more expensive than my choice, which is just an AK47 and a good deal on bulk 7.62x39 rounds...

      Steven R

  3. phil dude

    separate points of failure?

    Perhaps this makes the use of a NAS and PC prerfeable? Especially if "copy-on-write" type filesystems can be enabled...

    Of course, some care to hide NAS controls....

    Just a thought, but would make a multiple target payload necessary....


    1. Alister Silver badge

      Re: separate points of failure?

      Reading a recent thread on here, it appears that Cryptolocker, at least, will happily encrypt not only your local drive, but any attached shares as well, so your idea wouldn't work.

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    1. keithpeter

      Re: Compared to

      @Fray Way

      Just an idea: GCHQ put up a site where you can upload an image of a locked drive and use it for decryption practice. If successful, you get an email with a link to the restored image, and a tutorial on cyber security.

      Positive PR.


  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Malware-powered cyber-espionage ..

    Ban this LUnex maware from the InterTUBEs now !

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