The Strange History of Ransomware

Floppy disks, AIDS research, and a Panama P.O. Box.

Alina Simone
Mar 26, 2015 · 7 min read

But one of the weirdest things about ransomware
is that it’s not new at all.

Left: The harmless-seeming app install screen. / Right: The ransomware message that threatened users a few days later.

But the excuse that the Judge ultimately accepted, and which set Popp free, was simply that the doctor was insane.

That report also revealed evidence the doctor had been planning to disseminate an additional 2 million disks.

A recent ransomware lock screen demands bitcoins.

There are things our computers know about us that no human does.