You discover a website offering a useful app: a ‘coronavirus tracker’ featuring an interactive map of the pandemic in your neighbourhood.
You click on the link, install the product, and a disturbing message appears on the screen: “YOUR PHONE IS ENCRYPTED. YOU HAVE 48 HOURS TO PAY $100 IN BITCOIN OR EVERYTHING WILL BE ERASED.” The virus infecting your phone is fittingly named CovidLock.
With tech it’s remarkable, but rarely surprising, how quickly...
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