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Cryptolocker lowers ransom demands as Bitcoin price surges
The criminals behind the rapacious and terrifying Cryptolocker Trojan have lowered their ransom demands to take account of the soaring value of their preferred currency, Bitcoins, according to security firm F-Secure.
The sum demanded for a decryption key in a newly detected variant of the malware is 0.5 Bitcoins, down from the previous level of 2 Bitcoins. This reduces the price from somewhere between $1,400 and $1,800 (£875 to £1125 at current prices) to around $350-$600, more in line with what the gang believes people can actually afford.
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