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Hacking gang demands $70 million in bitcoin ransom

Hacking gang demands $70 million in bitcoin ransom

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A hacking gang has demanded a ransom of $70 million in bitcoin in exchange for a “global decryption software” it says will unlock the files of all victims.

The group calling itself REvil says its viruses, which initially targeted US IT company Kaseya, have infected one million “systems”.

The number has not been verified, while the number of victims of hacking operations is still unknown.

But the number is believed to include 500 supermarkets in Sweden and 11 schools in New Zealand.