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Ransom Payments on Rise for Malware

By: Dave Johnson, CBS Moneywatch

Think getting infected with a garden variety virus is a nightmare? Then try on some ransomware for size. Security and antivirus companies agree that it's a growing threat.

Ransomware is one of the most disturbing trends in malware today. Once infected with the malware, your PC typically locks you out of most -- if not all -- features unless you agree to pay a ransom demand -- sometimes diguised as a fee, sometimes explicitly identified as a ransom, complete with a digital ransom note.

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