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Computer Related Issues => Security Issues => Topic started by: Graham on December 25, 2013, 06:20:50 AM

Title: Ransomeware - Cryptolocker
Post by: Graham on December 25, 2013, 06:20:50 AM
There is a new advanced form of malware called Cryptolocker that has so far infected approximately 250,000 computers (according to researchers) since September 2013.

This malware encrypts your hard drive/s and demands a ransom to decrypt them. It is very successful.

The malware arrives usually via email as an attachment.

You can read the full details of this malware and how it infects your machine at this link - this is a long article but is well worth the effort of reading it, and it is fairly simple to understand:

http://www.secureworks.com/cyber-threat-intelligence/threats/cryptolocker-ransomware/ (http://www.secureworks.com/cyber-threat-intelligence/threats/cryptolocker-ransomware/)


The best way to protect your computer is to back up everything on a regular/daily basis on an external drive that is kept only for that purpose, and is disconnected immediately after backups are complete.

There are a number of recognised utilities that will do this for you and they usually cost up to a few thousand rupees after the trial period. In my opinion they are well worth the cost, when it is compared to the problems of reinstalling everything from scratch and recreating all the lost work.

Graham