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I don't care what your eyeballs tell you. Alternative fact is, we've locked up your files

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It's a conspiracy I tell you...

Perhaps they're just hoping that they'll randomly get someone who has already been attacked by ransomware and will either pay the bluffers instead of the real ransomers by mistake, or simply pay twice?

Obligatory Internet conspiracy: Of course, if the bluffers were somehow to know who the targets were in advance (perhaps by having sold the mailing list to the criminals originally?) then their success rate would be a lot higher.

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