Yes it infects local drives too
It can only infect to the extent of the infected user rights
... but if the user has rights to change a file or document, it can encrypt those files, which means it can cause a lot of damage.
Just a question, no political overtone is intended...
Since the NSA, FBI, CIA, etc., monitor internet traffic, shouldn't they be able to eradicate this and other type of malware once it has been identified? If they can tap world leaders cell phones for years, identifying the hackers seems like an easier task.
After all, the US government does have a cyber security initiative and one of its tenet is "Collaborate and share your knowledge". While the initiative is intended to protect the government and critical infrastructure from cyber warfare, the public perception of the US intelligence services would be different, if they'd utilize their monitoring to protect people from malware. I for one would applaud, if they'd do, and may not view them as critically as I do now...
Has anyone tested Sandboxie to see if this thing can break out of its sandbox?
Sandboxie - Sandbox software for application isolation and secure Web browsing
CryptoLocker developer launches Decryption websie; 10 Bitcoins for Decryption Keys
SourceThere's an extraordinary malware making rock-n-roll over the Internet and if you are one of the unlucky folks to cross its path, then it could make your computer unusable and you have to pay a few hundred Dollars to retrieve your important data back.
We have warned our readers in many previous articles about a nasty piece of Ransomware malware called 'CryptoLocker', which is targeting computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system.
The CryptoLocker Ransomware encrypts the files on a victim’s computer and issues an ultimatum - Pay up or lose your data. Users who are getting infected with CryptoLocker can see a message informing them that their computer is locked up and their files encrypted. It then asks them to make a ransom payment, which typically ranges between $100 and $700 or 2 Bitcoins, to get their files back.
They'll be opening up a Customer Services helpline next!