CryptoLocker: Another Reason to Back Up your Files
CryptoLocker has been around for a while, but has recently been gaining notoriety and becoming more prevalent.
In a nutshell, the Trojan horse hijacks your computer, encrypting your files and making them impossible to access. You see a message saying you have 72 hours to pay a ransom. Pay it, and your files will be unlocked. Don't pay it, and they will be encrypted forever, unaccessible to you.
What to do?
The usual steps help - Don't click unfamiliar links, and back up your data!
- US-CERT Alert
- CryptoLocker: What is it? And how do you protect against it?
- CryptoLocker is Bad News - Kaspersky Lab Blog
- Just recently, a local police department paid the ransom to unlock their files.