CHICAGO (CBS) — The FBI has issued warning about a growing type of malicious Internet software that could take your computer hostage, along with all the data stored on it.
It’s called “ransomware,” and like the name states, those responsible for it demand a ransom if the data on your computer is hijacked, by being encrypted after you click on a link you shouldn’t have in your email or on a website containing such malware.READ MORE: Deliberations For Former DePaul Student Accused Of Assisting ISIS Resume Monday
“After the encryption’s all done, there’ll be a message up on your screen that says your data is no longer available, if you want it, send ‘x’ amount of money, or ‘x’ amount of bitcoins to a specific account, and then they will give you the password to unencrypt your data,” said Jerry Irvine, chief information officer for Prescient Solutions, a Chicago-based IT firm.READ MORE: Ed's Driveway: Jeep Grand Wagoneer
He said sometimes victims of ransomware get their data back after paying the ransom, but sometimes not.
Bottom line, don’t click on links if you don’t know for absolute certain where it came from, or where it will take you.MORE NEWS: Chicago Police Warning Residents Of Recent Carjackings In Grand Crossing