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To be honest, if you're playing this sort of thing, you probably kind of deserve what you get.

To be honest, if you're playing this sort of thing, you probably kind of deserve what you get.

According to reports in the Japanese media, 5,500 people in the Nagasaki area alone have admitted they downloaded the malicious file. One was reportedly a school principal. "The name to shame would be especially effective against victims like that," Ferguson said.

The hackers also built in a second extortion attempt by adding three MP3 files to victims' PCs. Those files were offered for sale on another site for what Ferguson called "extremely high" prices, as much as 58 million yen, or $630,000. "You can't listen to those files," he said. "The second extortion attempt would claim, 'Look, you downloaded these files too, and look how expensive they are.'"

The criminals were planning to pitch a second extortion demand to those who fell for the first, Ferguson said.

Payment claims for fake software, often bogus or almost-worthless security software -- dubbed "scareware" -- are not only nothing new , but also very lucrative , according to a 2008 report. The latest attacks, however, are a troubling trend.

"We're beginning to see new combinations where scareware is merging with ransomware," Ferguson said. "This is certainly unlike anything I've come across before. The old modus operandi has changed to use bait actually on the victims' PCs."

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