WASHINGTON - The attack seemed like a garden-variety digital holdup.
A computer intruder, calling himself the “Albanian hacker,” left a message for the administrator of a website for an Illinois internet retailer: Pay two Bitcoins, or about $500 at the time, and the intruder would “remove all bugs on your shop!”
Such demands are typical among underground hackers who infect computers with malicious code and seize control of them, freeing them only after receiving a payment.
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