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New Virus Attacking Computers, Wallets Of Tennesseans

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by Chris Conte

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A new computer virus has threatened to not only wipe out your computer files but empty out your wallet, as well.

The virus has been named "ransom-ware" or "CryptoLocker." Computer repair experts from Middle Tennessee said the problem has been going on for more than a year.

In most instances, people received a message from what appeared to be the FBI or Department of Justice, informing them they were being investigated for child pornography or copyright infringement. The messages have gone on to inform the user they cannot get access to their computer or files unless a $300 ransom fee was paid.

"Some people have paid the $300 and called me afterward and asked if it was real or not and of course it's a scam," said Tabitha Hawk, owner of Nashville Computer Guru.

Hawk said the problem could typically be solved with the help of a professional and warned anyone infected with the virus not to send in money to anyone.

In most cases, she said files were not erased, but it can be tricky to restore the computer back to a working state.

"I believe the people that made these programs are multi-millionaires," she said.

It was estimated a typical repair of this magnitude could cost about $90.


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