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(Some Old Lady)   68 year old woman struggles to figure out bitcoin. FARK: To pay off ransom demand to hijackers, who are now completely impossible to trace   ( divider line
    More: Scary, BitCoin Co-op, online storage  
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2386 clicks; posted to Geek » on 20 Nov 2013 at 5:21 PM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-11-20 06:56:42 PM  
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HotIgneous Intruder: Serious questions:
So how do the kidnappers convert the bitcoin into real money?
So how long before Interpol and the CIA cracks down hard on this black internet nonsense?

Nice try, Internet regulation shill.
2013-11-20 06:15:47 PM  
1 vote:
Do people even realize that file "encryption" malware need not even actually encrypt the files? It could just overwrite them with random bits. How would you or even an expert tell the difference without the "decryption key"? And since these people are criminals and are demanding untraceable, non-refundable, non-cancellable payment, once they have the money, they can either simply give a fake "decryption key" which of course would do nothing, or simply send nothing. What would the victim be able to do about it?

Backups, people.
2013-11-20 06:03:07 PM  
1 vote:
I'm pretty much past caring about what happens to people's computers if I'm not being paid sufficiently.

They've been pervasive household and office staples for fifteen years now. Either learn to farking use them at their most basic level or just move underground and begin your evolutionary descent into cannibalism already.
2013-11-20 05:44:40 PM  
1 vote:

Flappyhead: I'm not slogging through that to figure out what the hell is going on.

It looks like subby linked to the wrong page:

So I went down to the bitcoin ATM today...

...and lo and behold there is a late-60s lady moping around the RoboCoin.  I was with my Dad (he wanted to learn how to buy BTC)--I start putting 20s in the machine and he starts talking to the older lady.  After I finished with the ATM, my dad says "Peter, maybe you can help this women."

She tells me that she put money in the machine but never got any bitcoins out.

I asked her if she used her phone and she says "no I don't have a 'smart phone,' the machine just gave me this receipt" as she hands me the paper.

I look at the receipt and can immediately see that it is her private key, so I tell her that those are her bitcoins and she needs to load them onto her computer if she wants to spend them.

She says, "you mean my bitcoins are in this piece of paper?"

Uh by now I'm thinking that she really shouldn't be investing in bitcoins without some help from her son or grandson.  I ask "so, are you investing in bitcoins?"

And she says, "I don't even know what bitcoins are but my computer says I have to give it one to get my files back."

and then she gasps:

"and I've been trying for days to buy one!"

Well, I tried my best to help her, but I have my doubts.

Cryptolocker strikes again

tl;dr:  Malware encrypts hard drive, demands bitcoin as payment.  Old people are forced to buy hard drive if they want their data back.  Price of bitcoin reaches high of $600 in a matter of weeks.
2013-11-20 05:27:42 PM  
1 vote:
Me neither. Geez.
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