Submitted by by Joanie Raisovich on Tue, 06/03/2014 - 1:51pm
Cryptolocker has been in the news for a while, but it is still a threat. There are some things you can do to protect your computer and data.
What is Cryptolocker
Cryptolocker is ransom-ware. It infects your computer, encrypts your files, and then prompts you to pay a ransom in order to get the password to unencrypt them. Reports vary as to whether people who pay the ransom ever get access to their data again, but law enforcement recommends against paying it.
Submitted by by Joanie Raisovich on Tue, 06/03/2014 - 1:41pm
You may have already read about users who find their iPhone or iPad locked, with instructions for wiring money to ransom the device. Given the amount of data – both work and personal – that we have on our devices, that is a pretty serious breach of security.
How widespread is it
Although most ransoms have occurred in Australia, there are reports that it has begun to spread to the United States. This is a good time to review your phone security to prevent these types of attacks and loss of your data.