In Your Corner Scam Alert: “Ransomware” evokes fear

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OKLA. CITY – Ronda Redus’ computer was hacked by cyber criminals.

She said, “It scared me to death.”

Someone posing as the FBI infected her PC with a Trojan virus called “ransomware.”

One moment she was browsing online classified ads.

The next, she was being accused of viewing or distributing child porn!

“I’m a grandma and a mom,” she said. “And that’s horrible.”

The cyber thieves even hacked her webcam, able to take a picture of Ronda and post it on her computer screen.

Al Heitkamper is a cyber-security expert and professor at Oklahoma City Community College.

He says the “ransomware” virus works to access your sensitive information.

“They modified it now so it’s also capturing passwords,” Heitkamper said. “So next time you log onto Amazon or your bank, all that stuff will be recorded and sent to whoever has the malware out there.”

In Ronda’s case…

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