Seems photobucket is holding mine and a lot of other users JPEG'S hostage. They want $400 from everyone. I thought that's what a photo hosting site was for, to host photos? They claim to be working towards a solution. I agree they are black mailing their users.
I don't know anything about Photobucket holding pictures for ransom - I've used it for years without issues.
However, David Mason posted a separate question about problems with photobucket.com, and I decided to try it today to see what would happen. I uploaded an image, and while I was on the site, I got the following lovely little lov-a-gram, which totally locked up my Firefox browser, and reappeared after I force-stopped Firefox and re-loaded it:
I have no "authentication" enabled on my Firefox browser, and clicking on the "Authentication Required" box to close it had no effect - it wouldn't close.
It's obvious there was a poorly-crafted phishing attempt here. I did a malware quick-scan, as well as a total scan - my anti-virus software found nothing, but I'm extremely wary of photobucket.com now.