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If Your Computer Is Asking You For Money, It’s Infected [PSA] | scottbrosnan.com
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If Your Computer Is Asking You For Money, It’s Infected [PSA]

There’s a nasty virus going around and it’s called Cryptolocker. If you’ve not heard of it here’s the meat of potatoes of what it does. Once your machine is infected it encrypts your data making it inaccessible to you. Then it asks from money to decrypt it. That price can range from $300 to $3000.

The virus first came to light around August/September and finds its way to you via email. The email may look like a shipment update from Fed Ex, UPS, or a message from a bank. Those who open the attachment get the virus installed and a taunting countdown timer on the screen. It’s can even spread across your network and encrypt network drives.

Don’t be fooled, it really does encrypt your data this isn’t just scareware. Heed this warning. Backup your data, update your anti virus, and be very skeptical of shipping and banking emails. Not getting fooled by the shipping email is especially important as we’re approaching Cyber Monday.

This virus is not to be taken lightly. There was even a police department that was infected and had to pay $750 to get their data decrypted! (true story)

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