Posts Tagged CryptoLocker

11 Things You Can Do To Protect Against Ransomware, Including Cryptolocker

Ransomware is malicious software that cyber criminals use to hold your computer or computer files for ransom, demanding payment from you to get them back. Sadly, ransomware is becoming an increasingly popular way for malware authors to extort money from companies and consumers alike. There is a variety of ransomware can get onto a person’s machine, but as always, those techniques either boil down to social engineering tactics or using software vulnerabilities to silently install on a victim’s machine. Why is Cryptolocker so noteworthy? One specific ransomware threat that has been in the news a lot lately is Cryptolocker (detected […]


Don’t be fooled… Cryptolocker is still a HUGE threat today!

***UPDDATED 6/6/2014, 4pm EST*** We have also been informed that the Cryptolocker malware has been sending out Dropbox links instead of actual attachments.  The email will still appear to come from a known email address but instead of having you open an attached file, they will include a link to a Dropbox file.  Once you click on the link, the Cryptolocker ransomware will take you to a blank web page and download to your computer. We cannot stress enough… PLEASE do not open any attachments or any links that have not been verified. As you can see from the screenshots […]


10 new facts about CryptoLocker

While the world is spinning from CryptoLocker ransomware infections, our Help Desk has learned a thing or two about the evolution of this virus 1. CryptoLocker infects PCs when users click on attachments in emails from unknown senders. 2. These attachments are executable files. When the user clicks them, nothing appears to happen. 3. The initial .exe file actually downloads and runs another .exe, then removes itself. 4. There are at least two or more versions of the CryptoLocker malware, making it harder to track. 5. Files that are encrypted do not show any changed date/time. 6. The executables for CryptoLocker run out […]


CryptoLocker: What Your Business Needs to Know

CryptoLocker malware has exploded and is affecting businesses worldwide. Even if your IT company tells you it can remove the malware, files remain encrypted. Most companies who have fallen victim are relying on their latest backup. But ABS now knows that CryptoLocker has the ability to infect network shares that the user’s account has given “Read\Write” permissions. In addition to local disk files, ABS confirmed that cloud storage services that synchronize files from local copies on workstations are being infected with CryptoLocker. Current versions of files in cloud storage (DropBox, Mozy, Carbonite, Google Drive, etc.) can be encrypted, but previous versions have been found […]


Update on CryptoLocker malware

CryptoLocker ransomware is blooming as of yesterday, 10/1/13. What began as a few isolated cases last month has now exploded into a very real threat affecting businesses worldwide. CryptoLocker is a form of malware that encrypts your PC’s files and asks for a ransom to be paid to unlock them. As of right now, there is no resolution once the files are encrypted. Even if measures are taken to remove the ransomware from a user’s computer, the files remain encrypted. The big hope most companies have is that they have backed up their files recently. At ABS, we are rebuilding the operating systems […]


Warning: CryptoLocker malware

ABS would like to warn businesses of a very serious form of malware on the rise this month: CryptoLocker. This is a high security threat that does not have a resolution at this point in time. Therefore, prevention is key. If you see the following image pop up on your PC’s screen, contact ABS immediately: What It Does: Once installed on your computer, CryptoLocker encrypts your files, rendering them impossible to open unless you purchase a decryption key from the hijackers. The fee to unlock this private key can range into the thousands. This particular form of ransomware is more egregious than others because even after it is eradicated from a workstation, […]



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