Virus warning – Cryptolocker virus

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We have noticed a recent increase in a particularly nasty form of malware known as the  virus. This is sometimes also known as the CryptoWall virus.

Here’s what happens:

Upon infecting the machine in question, the virus proceeds to encrypt all of the user’s data, including local hard drives and network shares.

Cryptolocker 1

The only way to get the data un-encrypted is to pay a ransom fee and even then, there is no guarantee that this will be honoured.

Cryptolocker 2

This is potentially very damaging as there is the potential for an entire companies data to be lost.

The most common source of this virus is via email. A user will receive an email from a seeming legitimate company such as eBay or a courier service inviting them to click a link. Upon clicking the link, the virus will be downloaded and will infect the users machine. There is also a possibility for this virus to propagate using other channels such as messenger programs and social media.

 

Watch out for the following:
• Do not open any emails from an address you do not recognise. Check the actual email address not just the senders name.
• Be very wary of clicking on any links within an email, even if the email is from someone in your address book or from a seemingly legitimate company.

To ensure that you are protected, we recommend the following preventative measures:
• Anti-virus software is fully updated with the latest signatures
• Operating systems, browsers and browser plugins are up to date with the latest security patches

As with any security issue, informing and educating staff is paramount so its always a good idea to inform everyone in your company who could be affected.

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