Longview auto lot too smart for virus scam

Longview auto lot too smart for virus scam

Longview auto lot too smart for virus scam

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by Evan Sernoffsky, KGW.com Staff

kgw.com

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 2 at 11:49 AM

LONGVIEW, Wash. – A computer virus tried to hold a Longview auto dealership for ransom this weekend, but a savvy IT expert didn’t fall for the scam, according to a newspaper report.

The virus infected the computer systems for the McCord Dodge, Chrysler, and Jeep dealership, froze its systems, and said all the company’s records would be destroyed unless it ponied up $3,000, according to the Longview Daily News.

Dean Ketcherside, the dealership’s IT guru, was hip to the grift and told the paper he “wasn’t going to submit to terrorism.”

Ketcherside backed up the dealership’s files Friday, so only a few receipts from Saturday were lost.

Other than being a little annoying, the virus did not cause any major problems. No sensitive customer information was reportedly in danger.

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