There is a dangerous new virus on the loose, and it's spreading like wildfire.CryptoLocker is classified as a high-risk threat since it is easily contracted, and resolution is difficult. While we have a multi-layered security approach set up for our business clients that will reduce the likelihood of a passive infection, CryptoLocker relies on user action to infect a computer.If you see this pop-up on your screen, DO NOT restart your computer and call us immediately:
CryptoLocker currently spreads via three known methods:
Once your computer is infected, the virus scans your computer and ANY NETWORK SHARED DRIVES IT FINDS for common business type files (Word, Excel, PDF, etc.) and encrypts them. This renders them impossible to open unless you “purchase” a decryption key from the hijackers.The “fee” can be thousands of dollars. This specific form of malware/ransomware is much worse than others because even after it is removed from the computer the files that were encrypted cannot be unlocked. There have been some reports that paying the “fee” (ransom) has resulted in the files being decrypted, however, there is no guarantee. Also paying the “fee” (ransom), depending how that is done, could lead to identity theft.
This nasty virus is spread by opening email attachments or through other “social engineering” means. Spam/Virus filtering such as ours and others are aware of the threat and actively block emails that contain elements of this and other malware. If you believe you have received an email that contains malware, do not click on any attachments or links.The best thing you can do right now to avoid getting a CryptoLocker virus infection is to make sure you, as well as your staff, are aware of the threat and extremely careful with opening email attachments. We recommend notifying your employees immediately of this new virus and making sure everyone is following some basic preventive measures:
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