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Lawyer resigns himself to paying ransom for release of computer files

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An Oklahoma lawyer says his computer files are being held hostage by the encrypto virus, despite his installation of three layers of protection to thwart such attacks.

Oklahoma City lawyer Noble McIntyre tells he plans to pay the $700 ransom for release of the files.

McIntyre said the same thing happened to his files a few years ago, and he thought his additional computer security would prevent it from happening again. He reported the prior incident to police, but he doesn’t plan to report the computer virus this time.

McIntyre told the broadcast station there is not much law enforcement can do when overseas criminals commit such crimes.

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