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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!


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