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Monday review - the hot 21 stories of the week

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It's weekly roundup time!

Here's all the great stuff we've written in the past seven days.

US local police department pays CryptoLocker ransom

Police advice if you are hit by CryptoLocker is to take it on the chin, and not to pay up.

That's a pretty hard demand to make of anyone, and all but impossible to insist on for everybody, but you would at least expect the police themselves to follow it...

CryptoLocker urgent alert - here's how YOU can help!

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The UK's National Crime Agency has put out a CryptoLocker ransomware alert - the malware is still a huge problem, even after weeks of high profile coverage.

Here's what YOU can do to help prevent it...

Adobe, Android and CryptoLocker - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Which pets make the best/worst passwords?

How many times did Google make the same coding blunder?

Find out this and more in our one-minute wrapup of the week's security lessons!

CryptoLocker ransomware - see how it works, learn about prevention, cleanup and recovery

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This article explains how the CryptoLocker ransomware works, including a short video showing you what it does.

The article tells you about prevention, cleanup, and recovery, and explains how to improve your security against this sort of threat in future.

Destructive malware "CryptoLocker" on the loose - here's what to do

There's a destructive malware threat on the loose that calls itself "CryptoLocker."

It's what's known as ransomware, because that's what it does: holds your files to ransom.

Paul Ducklin tells you what you need to know...

Sextortionist who preyed on Miss Teen USA, Cassidy Wolf, turns himself in

Sextortionist who preyed on Miss Teen USA has turned himself in

The 19-year-old Californian man turned himself in to FBI agents on Thursday. If found guilty, he's looking at up to two years in federal prison on the charge of extortion after allegedly hacking more than a dozen women's computers, taking nude images via their webcams, and contacting then in an attempt to get more images out of them.

Miss Teen USA 2013 says sextortionist hacked webcam to snap bedroom photos

Miss Teen USA 2013 says sextortionist hacked webcam to snap bedroom photos

The FBI is investigating Wolf's claims that her webcam was hacked and that an extortionist demanded money to keep nude photos out of the public eye. She's only one of many victims, but she's turned her alleged victimization into a platform from which to educate teens about the dangers of cybercrime and how they can protect themselves.

Romney blackmail scam - 'Dr Evil' extortion suspect charged

Romney blackmail scam - "Dr Evil" subject charged

A Tennessee man is accused of being the guy behind the extortion attempt, which boiled down to "Give me 1 meeeeellion dollars for Romney's tax returns - and oh, yea, please pay in Bitcoins."

TDoS attacks target US emergency call centers

TDoS attacks target US emergency call centers

The FBI and DHS are seeing dozens of attacks on ambulance and hospital communication lines as extortionists demand $5,000 for supposedly unpaid payday loans.

Boy meets girl. Girl strips on webcam. Tells boy to do the same. Girl blackmails boy

Boy meets girl. Girl strips on webcam. Tells boy to do the same. Girl blackmails boy

Webcam extortion the other way around: hot girls extorting men.

Be careful out there, and keep your trousers on chaps.

Romney tax returns allegedly hacked, supposedly held for $1 million ransom

Romney tax returns allegedly hacked, supposedly held for $1 million ransom

Thieves are claiming to have hacked the US presidential nominee's tax returns out of PricewaterhouseCoopers, are demanding $1 million to keep them out of public circulation, and have allegedly sent supposed copies to Democratic party leaders.

But then again, it's an anonymous Pastebin claim, so it might be complete bunk.

Reveton/FBI ransomware - exposed, explained and eliminated [VIDEO]

Reveton ransomware - exposed, explained and eliminated

Many of you have been asking us about the Reveton ransomware, which claims that the FBI has fined you, and locks you out of your PC until you pay up.

Learn what it looks like, and what to do if you or one of your friends and family encounter it...

Porn studios accused of extortion in BitTorrent lawsuits

Porn studios accused of extortion in BitTorrent lawsuits

Porn studios have turned to extortion of BitTorrent users to make money, looking for payouts of $1,000 to $5,000 from victims too embarrassed or shamed to defend themselves in court, a class action suit claims.