While being held hostage through your phone or computer by a cyber attacker sounds like the plot of a movie, the reality is it’s happening every day to unsuspecting victims. People are being locked out of their devices—losing access to family photos, financial information and other files—by cybercriminals who are threatening to delete their data forever unless they pay a ransom. Cybercriminals are preying on people with these attacks in the places most of us spend the majority of our time: online and on our smartphones.
Director of Symantec Security Response, Kevin Haley, joined us from Los Angeles to discuss.
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