December 14th, 2013 5:00 am

Ransomeware: Cryptolocker*

This is an alert for a particularly vicious new computer virus called Cryptolocker. This virus encrypts the files on infected computers requiring restoration from backups. The virus will also encrypt files on mapped drives from file servers.

This virus has usually come in the form of an attachment to an email message purporting to be from FedEx, UPS or a bank. Users are warned to be extra vigilant when opening emails with attachments. If you are not sure of the legitimacy of the email, DO NOT OPEN THE ATTACHMENT. Call Bailey Systems and we will determine the authenticity of the email.

If you try to open a file on your computer and are asked for the encryption password then you have probably been infected. You should shut down your computer immediately and call Bailey Systems. The virus may not have had time to encrypt the files on the network so the sooner you take your computer off the network the better.

In a nutshell:

  • The virus comes in the form of an official email and entices the recipient to click on a button, URL or attachment to complete the emails request.
  • You will not notice anything while the virus spreads. The virus will encrypt or lock most of the files on your desktop.
  • When you go to open up, say, a picture or pdf file (if you are infected) you will be prompted for a password.
  • If this happens – unplug your PC from the network (remove the network cable) and then shut down your PC.
  • Call Bailey Systems – 703-581-7319 ext: 0

*This is a game changer in the field of viruses and is extremely dangerous.

How to combat this:

  • Be extremely wary of any emails that you receive that have attachments or ask you to open up links to the Internet.
  • Make sure that all of your important data is backed up.
  • Make sure that you have a good antivirus application installed on your PC and it is up-to-date.

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