Cryptolocker: The New Encryption Ransomware on the Block
Well it didn’t take long for yet another iteration of the Cryptolocker virus to raise its ugly head. Known as the CryptoWall it does exactly the same as its viral forefathers and attacks what is most valuable to you and your family: your photos, music, emails, and much more. This particular version streams in from a fake Adobe Flash Player update and should be avoided at all cost. Now unlike a legitimate Adobe Flash update that pops up shortly after startup, their evil twin pops up randomly when you are out browsing the web. With just one click of the mouse you are staring down the business end of a $300+ Ransomware flash screen. NEVER PAY THE RANSOM, in most cases you will get your data back but what’s to stop them from reactivating the virus days, weeks, or even months from now.
So what should you do? Get it in to a reputable shop and let them attempt to recover your data. In the worst case scenario it’s a Tabula Rasa (Blank slate) moment and you start from scratch, while terrifying it may be the only thing to do, but if your fortunate they may be able to recover some, if not most, of your data. You can help yourself out a little by maintaining regular backups as well but be warned Crypto-style malware can attack the backup drive if it is connected at the time of infection.