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Ransomware squeezes users with bogus Windows activation demand

Gregg Keizer, Computerworld | April 11, 2011
A new Trojan tries to extort money from users by convincing them to dial international telephone numbers to reactive Windows, a security researcher said today.

The solution to ransomware is to either fork over the payoff or roll back the PC to a prior backup, assuming one is available, said Hypponen,

Or in this case, enter the code F-Secure said was delivered by the call center, no matter what number is dialed.

That unlock code: 1351236.

"I hate the idea of paying money to these clowns," said Hypponen. "Just enter that code."


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