As you may already know, there is a
SERIOUS virus going around which encrypts all your office documents and
other important files. It's called Crypto Locker. Be extremely careful
opening email attachments. DO NOT OPEN ANY ATTACHMENTS unless you are
100% positive you know what it is even if you are expecting an email
with an attachment. This virus can be spread by other people's infected
computer sending emails without their knowledge. The attachments are
coming in several different formats, some examples are: UPS tracking
information, late payment please review attachment .doc .xls .ppt .eps .ai
.jpg .srw .cer .DO NOT OPEN.
Please read below for more information
For those of you in IT Management, see
This virus causes irreversible damage
unless you pay the ransom which is anywhere from $100-$300 paid via
Walmart green dot money pak cards.
DO NOT OPEN ANY ATTACHMENTS unless you
are 1000% positive you know what it is. Even if you are expecting an
email with an attachment, contact the sender to be sure they sent it as
these viruses can be spread by other people's computer being infected
and emails being sent without their knowledge.
Remember, this encryption is
IRREVERSIBLE without paying the ransom and once the timer runs out, your
files will NOT be recoverable. The ONLY other way to recover them is to
have cold storage backups. This virus can infect all hot backups and
other computers on network shares. Anyone who does not have backups
should IMMEDIATELY buy a flash drive or external backup drive and make
full backups of all documents as often as possible and keep it
disconnected anytime you are not running a backup. Two independent
backups would be safer since this virus does the damage to your system
BEFORE it alerts you that you are infected and demands a ransom payment.
Please be careful!