Online ransom a threat to porn users, companies and individuals in 2013

MONTREAL — Visit a porn site and you could have your computer locked down and an online ransom demanded, a security threat now expected to spread to other areas of the cyber world in 2013.

It’s called “ransomware” and the idea is to scare computer users into paying money to get their machine working again and their data back, said Kevin Haley of Symantec Corp., maker of software security programs.

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