Ransomware emerging as latest cyberscourge

Cybercriminals are raking in as much as $5 million annually by taking over victims' computers and making them pay to regain access, according to security experts. So-called ransomware begins with the delivery of a virus that locks down a user's PC, followed by a message demanding payment from people representing themselves as law enforcement officials or members of hacker groups. Experts say victim computers are rarely unlocked once the ransom is paid and that removing the virus often means sacrificing files and data.

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