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CryptoLocker Nasty New Malware


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Nasty new malware locks your files forever, unless you pay ransom - TODAY.com A new and nasty piece of malicious software is infecting computers around the world – encrypting important files and demanding a ransom to unlock them.CyrptoLocker is different from other types of “ransomware” that have been around for many years now that freeze your computer and demand payment. They can usually be removed which restores access to your files and documents.Not CryptoLocker – it encrypts your files. There’s only one decryption key and the bad guys have that on their server. Unless you pay the ransom – within three days, that key will be destroyed. And as the message from the extortioners says” “After that, nobody and never will be able to restore files…”Good anti-virus software can remove the CryptoLocker malware from your computer, but it cannot undo the damage – the encryption is that good.

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It's not clear how many people that pay the "ransom" actually get the key... but a significant number do not. As the article points out... this is currently a "game over" situation. No one has found a "fix" for this yet. This is another example of why everyone should keep good backups of their data.

 

More information:

 

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/alerts/TA13-309A

 

http://blog.malwarebytes.org/intelligence/2013/10/cryptolocker-ransomware-what-you-need-to-know/

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