[OT] Computer Blackmail

Thomas McGrath III 3mcgrath at adelphia.net
Thu May 11 07:59:50 EDT 2006

I am very grateful for my MAC after reading this. Thank Richmond. My  
WinXP machine is looking at me right now saying "Oh yeah! Just you wait"


On May 11, 2006, at 6:13 AM, Richmond Mathewson wrote:

> Last night a lawyer friend of mine phoned me in tears because all  
> off her legal files had apparently been deleted from her PC  
> (running WIN XP) and all she could find was a document:
> " . . . Reporting to police about a case will not help you, they do  
> not know the password. . .
> " WE DO NOT ASK FOR MONEY! W e only want to do business with you."
> and so on and so forth.
> The document states that the documents are stiil on the hard drive  
> but encrypted with a 30 symbol password - and to get the documents  
> back you must send an e-mail to 1 of 2 possible e-mails.
> This is fairly blatant blackmail.
> It scared me.
> Nevertheless I got all the documents back using a programs called  
> "freeundelete.exe" - it is necessary to recover them onto an  
> external volume, and (obviously) to have the Internet connexion  
> disconnected. On the system I worked on there was also something  
> called "SpySheriff" that, quite frankly, stank to high heaven.  
> Whether "SpySheriif" is somehow connected with this blackmail or  
> not I don't know.
> The WIN XP system then needs to be "set back" a couple of days and  
> then the documents copied back onto the PC's disks.
> Sorry that this is completely OT, but I thought that XP users might  
> be grateful for the information.
> sincerely, Richmond Mathewson

Thomas J McGrath III
3mcgrath at adelphia.net

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