“How My Mom Got Hacked”

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Imagine you wake up one morning, go to your computer, and find that all your files have been encrypted overnight. The price for unlocking them? $500. That nightmare is a reality for some 1 million PC users who have been victims of so-called ransomware viruses, engineered by hackers. We hear from a journalist who researched ransomware after her mother was targeted.

Credits

Guest:
Alina Simone - Journalist and author. Her essay “How My Mom Got Hacked” appeared in the New York Times. - @alinasimone

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Andrew Walsh, Christian Bordal, Matt Holzman, Jolie Myers, Anna Scott