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How greed could destroy the ransomware racket

Ransomware attackers have a good thing going: Lock or encrypt your PC remotely, then demand money to release it. Unfortunately, greed is driving them to do the one thing they shouldn't do if they want the cash to keep flowing.

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All about your 'fullz' and how hackers turn your personal data into dollars

Piecing together a full financial and medical profile—a so-called "fullz"—is how hackers turn your data into dollars. We talk to the experts about the fullz problem and what you can do about it.

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How to keep USB thumb drive malware away from your PC

Maybe you know not to plug strange USB drives into your computer, but trends indicate that most people think nothing of it. Here's how security experts keep USB malware at bay.

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What to ask your doctor, lawyer, and accountant about protecting your personal data

Criminals file for fraudulent tax refunds using consumers' information. Law firms are being hacked. The trend is clear: People have to worry about the security of their third parties. Lessons for consumers on what they should do to check out their providers' security.

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Ransomware's latest threats: What to do about CryptoWall, Chimera and their ilk

In the past, if you had a backup of your files, you could avoid paying ransomware. Malware developers claimed to have added a new twist, threatening to publish the data of anyone who has not paid.