In May 2005, a trojan called PGPcoder was discovered in the wild by Websense Security Labs. The trojan's purpose was to encrypt a user's files, then demand a ransom for their decryption. Although this scheme seemed novel, it is actually predated by over 15 years, by a similar scam in 1989. LURHQ's Threat Intelligence Group has now discovered a third such scheme involving ransomware which we are calling Cryzip.
"hackers are like jedi, crackers are like the sith: do not fall prey to the dark side".
From 1337 h4x0r h4ndb00k: "the ten laws of geek", law x