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Beware Cryptolocker Malware

posted 29 Oct 2013, 05:51 by Alistair Hamilton   [ updated 29 Oct 2013, 08:38 ]
Cryptolocker is a particularly nasty piece of malware currently doing the rounds. It encrypts your documents making them completely inaccessible. It then gives you 72 hours to pay for a fix before you lose everything. The criminals behind it are asking 300USD to decrypt your files.

The software not only looks in your 'My Document' folder but it will also search for documents on all connected hard drives as well as network drive that you have a connection to. As a result, depending on your network setup, the potential exists for all your business documentation to be encrypted.

Your files can be recovered using recent backups, so make sure you have such things and they work.

For those interested, here's a video from anti-virus developer, Sophos, which shows exactly how the malware works.