Digital thieves can lock you out from your own computer and demand a ransom to get it and your files back.
It’s called ransomware and it’s one of the most insidious schemes on the Internet. And authorities seem absolutely helpless to do anything about it. If it happens to you – and it is to a lot of people everyday – you are on your own.
So listen up to this episode of the podcast as we expose the way this happens and what you can do about it. Youll learn first hand from a victim of ransomware.
The first clue is a warning screen saying “this ocmuter is blocked.” The hackers pose as some quasi official group – like “the firewall of the United States” – and make you think you did something wrong.
You can play the episode right below….
Show Notes for Episode #29 Aug. 21, 2015 of the PC Mike podcast:
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Main Topic: Ransomware shuts down WAKV Radio Station
We interview Jm Higgs, owner of radio station WAKV, whose entire radio station was shut down after ransomware thieves digitally locked him out of the computer that runs the programming.
Here’s a link to a news story about the heist – http://woodtv.com/2015/01/19/ransomware-shuts-down-am-radio-station/
Digitaltrends report on Ransomware – http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/what-is-ransomware-and-should-you-be-worried-about-it/
Microsoft’s Ransomware report – https://www.microsoft.com/security/portal/mmpc/shared/ransomware.aspx
Norton’s report on Ransomware – http://us.norton.com/ransomware/article
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