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What to do when your laptop is held for ransom (The 3:59, Ep. 8)

In the latest 3:59 podcast, CNET's Roger Cheng and Ben Fox Rubin talk about ransomware, invasive ads and instant online credit.

By March 10, 2016


Hackers are targeting your Apple computer for ransom (The 3:59, Ep. 5)

On the podcast, we discuss "ransomware" hitting Apple computers, whether hoverboards are still a thing and the impact of email on our lives.

By March 7, 2016


Sony Pictures hacked, data held for ransom

Hacker group called #GOP accesses the studio's internal data and threatens to make it public, according to multiple reports.

By November 25, 2014


Hackers hold 7 million Dropbox passwords ransom

Dropbox denies it has been compromised as hackers leak hundreds of passwords online and threaten to release millions more.

By October 13, 2014


New York Times, BBC and others inadvertently serve up dangerous ads

Major websites were hit by a "malvertising" attack that hijacked people's computers and demanded ransom.

By March 16, 2016


Snowden calls bullplop on the FBI and Amazon's VR dreams (CNET UK podcast 472 show notes)

The UK's greatest tech podcast discusses Macs being held to ransom and why Andy is too afraid to visit Australia.

By March 11, 2016


​Australian Apple devices hacked and held to ransom

A number of Apple users across Australia have reported having their iPhones, iPads and Macs targeted by hackers threatening to erase their data and demanding US$100 to regain access to devices.

By May 26, 2014


Your computer and smartphone, held hostage

Cybercriminals are making their attacks personal, remotely locking your computers and smartphones until you pay a hefty ransom.

By January 19, 2015


​Apple urges hacked users to change passwords

Following a hack that saw iPads, iPhones and Macs across Australia compromised and held to ransom, Apple has urged affected iCloud users to change their passwords.

By May 27, 2014


New malware strain locks up computers unless ransom is paid

A type of "ransomware" hitting users across Europe demands payment for alleged copyright violations, according to a Swiss security blog.

By May 7, 2012