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The Trojan War: Malware attacks spike, catching NCW users in a hostile web

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WATERVILLE — Somehow, “Kam Thomson” knew Dale Abrahamse’s computer better than Dale himself did.

Abrahamse, a 71-year-old former postal worker, got a call from “Thomson” at his Waterville home July 8. There was a problem with Abrahamse’s computer, the caller said — the eight-year-old Windows PC he used to follow prep sports and browse for advice on the hobby nursery he maintained in his back yard.

Abrahamse, who spent the 1960s as an Air Force intelligence officer, had a lot…

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