WARNING ABOUT A REALLY NASTY NEW VIRUS.
Meet CryptoLocker. It’s your worst nightmare. A lot of antivirus software, including the big names, cannot yet detect or stop it. If your computer gets it, CryptoLocker takes all your files hostage by encrypting them and giving you a certain amount of time to send a certain amount of money to the man behind the virus.
The encryption is very tidy, and so far seems uncrackable (well, crackable, but it might take a couple centuries). If you tamper with the virus itself, it will pretty much self-destruct and take everything with it. And the way the money is transferred, the dick programmer behind it all for the moment is pretty much uncatchable.
YOU CANNOT GET RID OF THIS VIRUS WITHOUT COMPLETELY WIPING YOUR COMPUTER. YOUR ONLY CHANCE IS PREVENTION AND PREPARATION.
Back up your computer to something like an external hard-drive, or even an internal hard-drive that you just take out and stuff away somewhere for safe keeping. Make sure your antivirus is up to date, avoid skeevy sites, and don’t open random emails. DO NOT download email attachments unless you know exactly what it is, because that seems to be how this is primarily being transmitted.
You can learn more about it here.
We’ve actually run into this at work. It’s extremely aggressive and a major fucking pain to get rid of. One of our guys got infected with it and even paid the company whatever fee they charge to decrypt the files, and due to “an error processing the first payment”, ended up double-charging him (no refunds, of course) and is virtually untrackable.
Literally fuck this guy with a cactus. Like, if you see him, offer to introduce him to your little cactus friend in a quite personal and intimate manner. This shit is FUCKING INEXCUSABLE.
Also, bulk up on your virus protection, limit your porn and illegal cartoon-watching and torrents to safe sites, DO NOT OPEN EMAIL ATTACHMENTS UNLESS YOU’RE EXPECTING THEM, and just be careful in general, cause this one is one of the nastiest viruses around.
I wouldn’t reblog a virus alert unless I was dead serious about how bad it is.
I got an e-mail from my dad about this.
I almost got this virus the other day. Lucky my computer blocked me from going to the site. My dad (who does computer-y things for a living) told me how serious and bad this virus is. Everything the person above said is true but once you paid the man they used the money you transferred and the info from your files to steal your identity.
To add onto this, while paying seems to be the only way to restore files, I seriously discourage anyone to pay up the huge fine. There is nothing that guarantees they will really give you a working key (some said it works, but others have also said the key failed to decrypt their files) and even if they did, what stops them from re-infecting you again or further blackmailing you in the future? The fact that they can steal your identity is also something that will seriously bite you in the ass. And besides, by paying them, you are proving that their ‘business’ is successful and will only encourage them to continue developing the virus, and your money may be going into funding other kinds of crime and even terrorism.
If you are already infected, System Restore and Shadow Explorer might work although I’ve heard new editions of the virus try to delete shadow copies, and even if they don’t, it’s no guarantee that they can restore all your files.
Prevention is the best bet, and should take form of a backup that is not connected to your PC. Get yourself an external HDD big enough to copy your entire computer - they may be a bit pricey but paying £40 for a guaranteed, multipurpose and safe backup is far more desirable than either paying £300+ in ransom or losing your files forever. If you don’t need something that big, USB sticks containing your most important files is another form of backup. Even using something as oldschool as CDs to burn your data onto will work.
According to what I’ve read, antiviruses that can immediately detect and intercept the virus are MBAM Pro and Avast Free (or pro). Sophos Pro also seems to be able to do this. However, for the purposes of keeping costs down I am using Avast Free and I have switched on its real time protection.
As another barrier of prevention, there are also free programs like Cryptoprevent and Cryptoguard which should lower your chances of infection. I’ve installed both and can say for myself that they are safe. I don’t know how effective they are defending against the virus since I’ve fortunately not come across it, but it sounds better than nothing at all.