Extortion Hacks - Wired

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Extortion Hacks Following the Sony hack in late 2014, we predict that hacker shakedowns will increase in 2016. By shakedown, we’re referring not to standard ransomware attacks, whereby malware encrypts or otherwise locks access to a victim’s computer until the victim pays a ransom. We mean extortion hacks where attackers threaten to release sensitive company or customer data if the victim doesn’t pay up or meet some other demand. With these attacks, even if you have backed up your data and don’t care that hackers have locked you out of your system, public release of the data could ruin you and your customers. We have at least two extortion hacks on record
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