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Ransomware infections are surging as ‘Locky’ evolves into an effective cyberweapon

Security experts are warning that a sudden surge in ransomware is hitting unwitting internet users disguised as junk mail that, if opened, will lock down computer systems and charge hundreds of pounds for the release of personal files.

The spike in attacks has been blamed on the rapid ascension of a new malware strain dubbed ‘Locky’ that only appeared on the scene two weeks ago but has already gained notoriety for its effectiveness. Like many other ransom-based malware, Locky currently charges infected users bitcoin in exchange for access to encrypted files.


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