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Victims call hackers' bluff as ransomware deadline nears

'Even if you do pay, you won't necessarily be able to open the files that are hit,' Jiang said

Paul Mozur Mark Scott | NYT 

With the clock ticking on whether a global hacking attack would wipe out his data, Bolton Jiang had no intention of paying a 21st-century ransom. Since a week ago, when the malware first struck, Mr. Jiang has been busily fixing and replacing computers at the electronics company where he works in Shanghai. Paying is a bother, he said, and there was no guarantee he would get his data back. “Even if you do pay, you won’t necessarily be able to open the files that are hit,” he said. “There is no solution to it.” Tens of thousands of computer ...

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First Published: Sat, May 20 2017. 15:30 IST
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