CryptoLocker: Dangerous Ransomware Targetting Australians
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WHAT IS CRYPTOLOCKER?
CryptoLocker is a ransomware Trojan which targets computers running on Microsoft Windows, particularly in Australia. Ransomwares are known to demand money from their victims in exchange for their computer’s data. CryptoLocker also goes by the name Locky and has targeted a lot of Australians simply by sending them an e-mail with malicious attachment.
Within Australia this virus is personalised to come from Australia post, AGL Electricity Company as well as a fine from Department of Transport in QLD or NSW. Over time the authors of this particular virus will continue to come up with new ways to trick customer’s into running the contents of this email as well as to pretend to be from other Australian Companies. The scary thing about this particular virus is that once you have been infected it is impossible to recover your files without paying the ransom no matter what other computer technicians may tell you.
HOW DOES CRYPTOLOCKER WORK?
HOW CAN CRYPTOLOCKER BE AVOIDED?
- Make sure files are safe and legitimate before opening them.
- When receiving an e-mail from a specific company, call the number listed on their official website. Do not call the number from the e-mail.
- Have your files backed up frequently in two locations: online and offline on another local drive or device.
- Disable Microsoft Office’s macros.
- Don’t use your computer with administrator rights longer than necessary. Avoid opening documents while you have admin rights.