With the new year comes a new wave of ransomware
Browsing on my PC during the festive season, I was hit with the nastiest piece of malware I’ve ever had to deal with. An official looking message popped up, replete with a police logo, telling me that I had in some way broken the law and was subject to jail sentences and fines. These would go away if I paid $100 to “The State” by using Ukash, a form of bitcoin.
The ransomware had locked my PC. I couldn’t even start it in safe mode. A technical friend worked on it for some hours and eventually managed to install some strong anti-malware software after many attempts.