A man who found that his computer was infected with ransomware demanding a payment of £13,000 or face jail decided to take his own life and his four year old son.
The report of the tragic incident comes from the small Romanian town called Movila Miresii, which is made up of three small villages and located in Brăila County in the east of the country. Local paper Braila24 reports that Marcel Datcu, 36, hanged himself in the living room of his home along with his son, Nicusor.
The report went on to claim that a suicide note left to his wife explained the reason for taking his own life, which was: “I received a warning [on my computer] that said I have to pay 70.000 lei [£13,000] or go to prison for 11 years.” The note also says: “I don’t think it’s normal what I’ve done…I apologise to all of you…I don’t want Nicusor to suffer because of me…I can’t stand going to prison. I can’t.”
According to sources close to the police, who spoke to Braila24, the warning came from ransomware which had infected Datcu’s computer after he had visited some adult websites. Investigators believe the presence of ransomware was the reason why Datcu decided to take his own life and that of his son.