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Millions in ransom money paid for computer virus protection


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#1 HydroLar

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Posted 11 November 2010 - 04:01 PM

This is just too bizarre to be true...a local computer repair shop extorts up to 20 million from some guy for 'protection'

Gizmodo News Story

This cannot be true, can it? :blink:
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Posted 11 November 2010 - 04:33 PM

Looks like a lot more to it, and who you talk to: Roger Davidson: A Victim of Virus Scam - Or Not?

In a few days there will be more and more. I'm sure everybody is choosing sides now.

EDIT: looks like two sides already:

Bedi gave a rebuttal to the criminal charges this week in an interview with The Journal News and presented a different version of eventsm, including that Davidson willingly gave the money. Among his claims are that Davidson was importing $400 million from a tax shelter in Europe and supposed evidence of the tax shelter activity was found on his computer. P.J. Foster, a senior account executive at Rasky, says that the statement on Davidson's behalf "serves as a response to those claims."


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Posted 11 November 2010 - 04:41 PM

It did seem rather unbelievable, mostly these 'sensational' story lines seem designed to draw you to the website. It was enough to make me go there and look.

This story is right up there with the old tabloid stories like 'three headed baby lives' or 'WWII fighter plane found on dark side of moon'. Those stories made me look too - in fact they were enough for me to buy the tabloid at times for a good laugh.
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