I am sad to say that I am one of millions whose laptop was hacked with ransomware. On Sunday, September 5, this image appeared. The major difference was that rather than $200, the hackers demanded $4000, but it was eventually negotiated to $500 via a Target gift card. At a certain point when I expressed reluctance to pay so much, rather than help as the person on the other end of the call (the "tech guy") said he would, he started what they said was a "self-destruct" on my laptop, complete with countdown. I then hurriedly said I would get the card but get it the next day.
I did not pay.
Instead, I contacted the FBI via their Internet Crime Complaint Center at http://www.ic3.gov and took my laptop to be inspected.
I am most stressed and upset about all this.
As such, I will be essentially offline for a few days. I hope this situation is resolved soon and well, but for the moment, I am simply too anxious to concentrated on much.
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