Ransomware Victim Kills Self, Son
'I apologize to all of you ... I don't want Nicusor to suffer because of me,' Marcel Datcu wrote in a suicide note.
The ransomware apparently claimed that Datcu had violated the law and demanded a payment of more than 70,000 Romanian Leu (about $22,000). If the fine wasn't paid, the ransomware claimed, Datcu would be jailed for 11 years.
In a suicide note, Datcu wrote that he couldn't afford to pay the fine. "I apologize to all of you ... I don't want Nicusor to suffer because of me ... I can't stand going to prison," he wrote.
Anti-virus provider Bitdefender recently found that cybercriminals made almost $160,000 in a single year from a Romanian-based server via ransomware -- and while most of the ransom money was paid by victims in the U.S., Bitdefender said, a significant percentage also came from Romanians.
A recent survey found that fully 40 percent of victims of CryptoLocker ransomware wind up paying the demanded ransom.
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