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Thursday at 6: How scammers use ransomware to seize your data

Posted April 26

It's extortion! And I'm surprised at how common and WIDESPREAD it is!

We’re talking about ransomware. Have you ever heard of it? A new victim is hit every 40 seconds!

In an instant, it can lock your computer and even your phone. And in that same instant, all of your files – pictures, private documents, personal information – are gone.

To get them back, hackers demand you pay ransom. The amounts are often hundreds of dollars!

One hacker got a hold of someone's phone and threatened to sell his information every 30 minutes if the ransom wasn't paid.

Join me Thursday at 6 p.m. on WRAL: I’ll show you how hackers set the traps and how you can keep from paying the ransom.


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