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Beware: CryptoLocker Virus

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    Beware: CryptoLocker Virus


    Looks to be another nasty one.

    A new computer virus is being called one of the strongest and most devastating viruses in history, strikes by literally holding the computer owners hostage, the Inquisitr reported.

    The CryptoLocker Virus - which not only has the potential to destroy a computer hard drive, but holds the computer owners data ransom -infects computers through a legitimate-looking email, usually from a reputable company like FedEx or UPS. Once opened, the virus quickly spreads to the computer's hard drive and then offers the user a chance to rid the program for a hefty fee.
    Crypto Locker Virus: New Aggressive Computer Virus Demands Ransom : News : University Herald

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    One reason why I only store programmes on the pc and access all data off NAS drives. A factory reset sees off any virus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dakeb View Post
    One reason why I only store programmes on the pc and access all data off NAS drives.
    From what I've read about Cryptolocker, it will seek out all network drives and encrypt files on them too though, so your NAS won't be any good unless you disconnect it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidY View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by dakeb View Post
    One reason why I only store programmes on the pc and access all data off NAS drives.
    From what I've read about Cryptolocker, it will seek out all network drives and encrypt files on them too though, so your NAS won't be any good unless you disconnect it.


    Important stuff is also synced to the cloud, but an infected NAS would be an irritation.
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    Some are in deep trouble, even to the point of wanting\needing to install the hijack !
    Cryptolocker Hijack program - Page 81 - General Security

    IMO, looks like the best plan is to always have very regular\recent disk image(s), stored on non-connected external drive(s).
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    This is really nothing new. Ransomware has been floating around for close to a decade now. In most cases, even if you pay the ransom, you won't get your files back.

    This really has the potential to take out a corporate network that uses shared drives... hope those backups are up to date.
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