Here's a question for you.

What would you do if someone broke into your life, found personal information and then threatened to tell everyone if you didn't give them some money. Or, a lot of money.

Think about it again. Even if you weren't exactly sure what the personal information was, what would you do?

Yesterday we told you that some hackers broke into the files of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Michigan State University. Then they threatened to make the information that they swiped public if Michigan State didn't pay a ransom.

Well to date, Michigan State has kept their word. They have not payed a ransom to keep the stolen info out of the public eye. And to date, the hackers have kept their word too. They have begun to publish the hacked information.

According to the Lansing State Journal, some of the info that has seen the light of day includes a six year old letter that offered a postdoctoral research associate appointment to someone, a receipt for pizza and a student passport. What I learned that I didn't know before is that after the bad guys or like I always say, the bad girls (who could know?) first hack into a system, grab whatever info they can get and then threaten to release that info if they don't get any money is this:

The hackers begin releasing a small amount of older or less important information in the beginning in the hope that it will scare the hacked into finally paying up. Interesting, right? Diabolical, but interesting.

Get more on this story here from the Lansing State Journal.

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