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Data Hostaging in Payment Processing

Data Hostaging in the Payment Processing World.

You may have heard of someone’s computer being hijacked with messaging demanding they pay for alleged wrong doings or to be able to get important data back. Typically referred to as Ransomware, this malware holds your computer hostage by encrypting its data or by making it inaccessible in some way. The user is then hit then demands to pay ransom money to the cybercriminal who installed the malware. For more information a good post by Andy O’Donnell [http://netsecurity.about.com/bio/Andy-O-Donnell- 82564.htm] is at: http://goo.gl/3ymh6d

In the payment processing space there is another form of data hostaging.

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