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BBC News – Hated and Hunted

Original BBC article here –
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/hated_and_hunted_the_computer_virus_malware_ransomware_cracker

For every hacker out there there is a good guy fighting back. They don’t call it CyberWarfare for nothing and it’s a real shame that Fabian has had to go into hiding for his own safety.

Ransomware is a really nasty type of cyber attack; unknown hackers can easily gain access to unsecured systems and the render them completely useless by encrypting all the files (your personal data and the data necessary to make the computer work). They’ll normally ask for a small fee (often in untraceable crypo-currencies) to decrypt the data but 9 out of ten times even if you do pay, they wont actually give you the password to decrypt the data. Your only option is to start again and hope that you took good backups.