Forget Stealing Credit Cards, Now Hackers Just Straight-Up Blackmail You

    Date01 Apr 2014
    CategoryHacks/Cracks
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    Posted ByDave Wreski
    While hackers tried to get rich by stealing millions of credit cards from Target, other cybercriminals have quietly tried another method to make a quick buck: Asking companies to pay them to go away. In recent weeks, two companies have publicly described their experiences with what has become a popular hacker tactic: cyber extortion. Cybercriminals have threatened to disclose sensitive data or cripple websites unless their victims pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars in ransom.
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