It won't block the microphone, meaning conversations or *other noises* could still be recorded and stolen, and it won't stop someone locking up your files.
Philip Seltsikas, a cyber-security expert and associate professor from Sydney, told Veronica & Lewis there was no sure way of defending against ransomware.
"If you are worried you should clean the computer, wipe the hard disk and reinstall the operating system."Simple. He posted this message on Facebook:"I put up a Facebook post and let everyone know I was hacked," he said.
Actually, turns out there's a site where you can already watch the live footage of thousands of CCTV cameras from all over the world.
"All of our computers might currently be infected," the professor said.
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One day in Melbourne, when the sun was out and the birds were singing, Matt opened an email and was greeted with a video of a man wanking.
So I ended up bluffing them and said I told everyone that matters to me about the video and couldn't afford to pay them.
So they never sent the video."Thanks triple j textline.
The man was him."There I was in all my glory," he told triple j's Veronica & Lewis. A 'ransomware' program had infected his computer allowing the hackers to film him through the webcam. Now they wanted money."There was an email saying they were going to release footage to all my Facebook friends and people I worked with if I don't pay them money.""Initially I laughed."He wrote back. Matt may have been feeling very much alone, but in fact he was part of an emerging trend of ransomware attacks in Australia.
He told them to do their worst and release the footage. Exact statistics are difficult to come by, as many people who are attacked don't go to police or make their situation public.
Professor Seltsikas described Matt's strategy as "super brave"."My own opinion is to not engage at all with the hackers.