Forget the Phish - Get the Money

The Register reports that incidences of ‘cyber-blackmail’ attempts rose during the first three months of this year.

According to a report from Kaspersky Lab, malicious hackers are moving away from 'stealth use' of infected computers - stealing personal data, using infected computers as part of zombie networks - according to a new report from Kaspersky Lab.

The study, Malware Evolution: January to March 2006 cites cases where virus writers have either encrypted data or corrupted system information before demanding a ransom for safe return of data victims. The amounts demanded vary between $50 and $2,500.