Police will not pursue ransom hackers

    Date04 Jun 2006
    CategoryHacks/Cracks
    7180
    Posted ByBrittany Day
    After a Manchester woman was held to ransom by hackers, experts and senior police officers have voiced concern that such cases are falling between the cracks. Greater Manchester Police (GMP) will not be pursuing the criminals who used a Trojan horse program to lock a Manchester woman's files and demanded a ransom to release them.

    The malicious Archiveus program was unintentionally downloaded by Helen Barrow of Rochdale, who found it locked her files into a 30-character password-protected folder. A ransom note instructed her to avoid going to the police, and buy pharmaceutical products online to gain the password to release her files.

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