MILLIONS of half-completed screenplays, novels and travel memoirs could be destroyed if MacBooks are attacked, experts have warned.
The creative projects, all of which were expected to become an important part of our culture, could be lost forever if the Meltdown and Spectre bugs are not fixed.
Eleanor Shaw, from Bristol, said: “The world needs to know my unique story. I haven’t even got to the bit about the little village in Uzbekistan.
“It’s fine when there are viruses on Windows machines because they only affect banks and medical records. But I’ve poured my heart and soul into this.
“My friend Ivor’s terrified. He won’t even take his MacBook within range of wireless in case he loses Red Planet, his original screenplay about the Soviet conquest of Mars which had a very good chance of being produced.
“I feel like I’ve been wasting my time shopping around agents. It’s an absolute tragedy because it would’ve been a bestseller.”
Security expert Tom Logan said: “If your Mac becomes infected with ransomware and you’re asked for £500 in bitcoin for your unfinished novel about Sonic the Hedgehog visiting our world, do not pay it.”