A Hutchinson business is reporting the theft of data worth an estimated $240,000.
RD Machine Incorporated, located at 325 Michigan Avenue, reported to police that a message from “CryptoLocker” popped up on their work computer asking for $400. Jeff Laway says he purchased a green dot card and paid the $400 for the data that was taken from the computer and basically being held for ransom. The claim was that once the money was paid, the data would be released back to the company. Laway says even though the money was paid, the data was not released.
Laway says the dollar loss is based on two, full-time employees working about 10,000 hours to produce the data. He also says their computer back-up failed.
CryptoLocker is a ransomware trojan that targets computers running Microsoft Windows and first surfaced in September 2013.