Russian police are reportedly investigating a criminal gang that
installed malicious "ransomware" programs on thousands of PCs and then
forced victims to send SMS messages in order to unlock their PCs.
scam has been ongoing and may have made Russian criminals millions of
dollars, according to reports by Russian news agencies. Russian police
seized computer equipment and detained a Russian "crime family" in
connection with the crime, the ITAR-TASS News Agency reported Tuesday.