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The hack attack that takes your computer hostage

Clip: 04/16/2015 | 8m

Ransomware, a type of software that computer hackers use to hold individuals' data hostage by blocking access to files unless they agree to pay a ransom, is on the rise. And because anyone with an internet connection is vulnerable, the problem highlights a growing threat that consumers face on both their personal computers and mobile devices.

Aired: 04/16/15

Rating: NR

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