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ATLANTA, Ga. - There's a new computer virus making its way through the virtual world, and it not only locks up your files, it forces you to pay a ransom in order to get them back.
Bailey's wife opened up an unassuming email attachment which downloaded the virus into her work computer. A day later, she got a
"It's crazy sophisticated that somebody's going through this much to cause this much grief," says Bailey. "You just want to go find those guys and bring them down."
Bailey is a computer expert himself with
"They don't want my family photos," says Bailey. "But they know that if they can get $300 from 30,000 people, they're getting on up to their million dollars or whatever."
Lt. James Harrell investigates crimes like these for the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. He
"Once it gets into your computer, it's a nightmare, a literal nightmare to try and get it out," says Harrell. "The best way to keep this from happening to you is to prevent it from getting into your computer."
"The encryption systems they're using are very sophisticated and are very difficult to break," Harrell says.
Harrell advises victims not to pay the ransom, because there are no guarantees the hackers will release the files after it's paid.
"Morally, I don't want to do it," says Bailey. "But from a practical level, it may be something we end up doing."
His CryptoLocker rundown clock ends Friday afternoon at