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Stung by file-encrypting malware, researchers fight back

Jeremy Kirk | April 10, 2014
Jose Vildoza's 62-year-old father was using his old Windows computer when a warning in broken English flashed on the screen: your files have been encrypted.

Marshall Shapiro, who lives in San Jose, California, removed the infected hard drive of a computer his wife had been using when it locked up. The hard drive is still in the closet while he mulls trying to see if the utility from Vildoza and Wosar will work.

"Why the hell pay these bastards?" said Shapiro, who worked for 15 years doing technical support for hardware security modules. "I don't know if my wife's files are that valuable at this point."

"She's getting mad at me saying that," said Shapiro, who noted during a phone interview that his wife was in the room.


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