Ransomware: $18 Million and Counting … in Only 15 Months

Catherine Heslep was logging off Gmail when her computer was hijacked, another victim of ransomware. “Your files have been encrypted,” the message on the screen proclaimed. “You will not be able to access them without an encryption code.” “The cost for the code was 60 bitcoin, which translates to $700,” she says. Getting no response, the cybercriminals issued another ominous warning the next day: “If you don’t believe us, pick five files and we’ll decrypt them to prove it. You …

Beware: ‘Ransomware’ Is Now Attacking Macs

Cybercrooks have upped their game in the common “ransomware” scam, in which your screen displays a bogus FBI message accusing you of watching child pornography or another illegal online activity – and then freezes your computer until a “fine” is paid. Since last year, this scam has primarily targeted PC users. But now, the real FBI warns that the latest targets include Macs running the OSX operating system.  And there are additional campaigns against PCs in which other federal agencies …