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But now, if the victim pays the $300 fee, a second screen appears, demanding an additional fee of $450. "To delete this case from all criminal records and avoid any problems at work and other places where criminal records can be checked, you are obligated to pay a release fee of $450," the screen states.
"This new trend shows that Ransomware is an effective business model for cyber-criminals who are not afraid about demanding more and more from their victims," writes Malwarebytes senior security researcher Jerome Segura.
In his initial post describing the malware, Segura noted that it's actually relatively easy to get rid of it without paying a ransom -- just click on the Safari pull-down menu, choose "Reset Safari," make sure all items are checked, and click the Reset button.
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