It looks as though the virus CryptoLocker is on the loose again. You might recall we were particularly jumpy about this last year and we have seen another infection in our customer base today.
As per our advice last year, this is a particularly nasty and destructive virus; encrypting all your documents on your PC and potentially on your network drives also. Having done this, you are then presented with a demand for money; the source of which is not really to be trusted to do what they promise even if you do pay over.
The advice as always is:
- Remember that antivirus is a shield, not a guarantee
- No amount of protection can compensate for careless or curious browsing
- Beware swapping USB sticks between computers you cannot be sure of
- All users should be vigilant against suspicious looking emails or websites; especially any of you still using Windows XP.
For more information on CrytoLocker see the article from Sophos here