Massachusetts police department pays $500 CryptoLocker ransom

A Massachusetts police department paid $ 500 to free up town files that had been encrypted by CryptoLocker, the ransomware that locks down hard drives until the owners pay up.

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Police in Tewksbury, Mass., came up with the ransom after four or five days when they realized they could not break the encryption and needed the attackers to send them the private key in order to access the data.

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Network World Tim Greene