Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/11/03/ransomware_ruse/
Devious decryption scam rides ransomware Trojan
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Devious virus writers have come up with a new twist on ransomware-style malware.
A new strain of Trojan encrypts recently-opened files on compromised Windows PCs. But instead of demanding a ransom for a decryption key to unlock files, the malware relies on users to search the web for a possible way-out.
Hackers have cleverly baited searches for likely terms, with links to sites offering a supposed fix actually developed by the crooks behind the ruse.