A scare about ransomware called “WannaCrypt” has been widely spammed out.

The threat was pretty blunt, and boiled down to this: “We’ve infected your computer with disk-wiping malware that will detonate and destroy your at X o’clock tomorrow. Pay us $650 in bitcoins before that time and we’ll send you a cleanup tool that will stop the malware before it does any damage.”

This one, fortunately, is a scam – there isn’t any malware – but the that the crooks describe could, in theory, be pulled off.

In this Sophos Security SOS podcast, Sophos Matt Boddy and Paul Ducklin investigate, and explain what to do.

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