02 Feb

Ransomware: What You Need To Know

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Recently there has been a disturbing trend of virus makers and hackers attacking end users files. Just last month a new type of virus was discovered called Cryptolocker, which is being classed a Ransomware. This particular type of Ransomware is nasty in that infected users are in danger of losing their files forever.

Spreading via email attachments this ransomware has been targeting companies though sophisticated phishing attacks. This virus encrypts all end users data with asymmetric encryption, essentially meaning that unless you have a supercomputer to hand you will not be able to decrypt the data. Currently infected users have a limited time to pay $300 USD to unlock their files, if the time elapses then the unlock key is destroyed and so potentially is your data.

Targeted files that are affected include:

3fr, accdb, ai, arw, bay, cdr, cer, cr2, crt, crw, dbf, dcr, der, dng, doc, docm, docx, dwg, dxf, dxg, eps, erf, indd, jpe, jpg, kdc, mdb, mdf, mef, mrw, nef, nrw, odb, odm, odp, ods, odt, orf, p12, p7b, p7c, pdd, pef, pem, pfx, ppt, pptm, pptx, psd, pst, ptx, r3d, raf, raw, rtf, rw2, rwl, srf, srw, wb2, wpd, wps, xlk, xls, xlsb, xlsm, xlsx

The above files may seem a little confusing so please contact us at Cloudy IT for clarification.

In some cases it is may be possible to recover previous versions of the data using system restore or show copies of files. But this is not guaranteed. We would recommend taking extra care on browsing the web, opening email attachments and also keeping your antivirus up to date. All service contract clients and prepaid support client please contact us if you have any concerns and we can schedule in visit.