What is the CryptoLocker Virus?

November 11th, 2013 - Category - Backup & Disaster Recovery, IT Blog, IT Security

cryptolocker virus

Don’t be held to ransom by a cyber virus – Make sure you are Protected!

    • The CryptoLocker is a new, highly destructive virus, which encrypts files and then holds companies to ransom in order to decrypt the data.
    • Users are given a limited time to make payment before their personal decryption key is deleted, leaving the files encrypted and useless forever. Ransoms can be as high as £700.

Could your business afford to pay hundreds of pounds per infected PC, or lose business critical data?

Although the virus is relatively simple to remove, the encryption of your files remains after removal. The encryption is so powerful that it’s renowned to be impossible to break, leaving little option other than to pay the ransom to recover access to your files. Even then it has been reported that the decryption key is not always received or has expired.

What do I do if my PC gets infected?

  • As soon as you realise that one of your PCs has been infected with the CryptoLocker virus, you should disconnect it from the network immediately.
  • Do not plug in any external drives or storage devices such as an external hard drive or USB flash drive.
  • Contact a reputable IT Support provider to help you put a recovery plan in place.

How to protect your company against the CryptoLocker Virus and other Ransomware

You should contact a professional IT Support provider and work with them to ensure you have measures in place to protect against cyber threats before you are infected with the CryptoLocker virus.

  • Having a reliable backup and disaster recovery solution in place is of paramount importance. If your data is backed up regularly, you can restore to an earlier backup if a virus attacks your files.
  • Many viruses appear as attachments in emails posing as legitimate communications from blue chip organisations. Implementing a Managed Email Security system from a quality IT company will help protect you against virus and malware attachments, ensuring your emails are safe to open.
  • Implementing firewall security can also protect your network against any unauthorised access.

One thing is clear – the old adage ‘prevention is better than cure’ certainly rings true when cyber threats rear their ugly heads.

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