BEWARE – A New Kind of Ransom Ware
Monday, November 4, 2013
Posted by: John Parkinson - Region 18 President
Editor's note: The
following article is copied, with permission, from the October 2013 Region 18
The author is John Parkinson, Region 18 President.
I was driving to the Akron Canton 60th Anniversary meeting, I was listening to
Leo Laporte’s "This Week in Tech” Episode 429. At the 30 minute mark (+/-) Leo
played a short audio clip of an interview with Steve Gibson of Gibson Research
talked about a new form of ransom ware called CryptoLocker. This is a much
nastier version of ransom ware as it encrypts ALL of the files on a computer.
The bad news is that the ransom ware seeks connected hard drives, USB drives,
NAS devices AND shared folders on other computers.
ransom ware is sent as an email with a link to a bank, PayPal account or even
an attached PDF file. All of the links launch an exe file that install the
program and encrypts the data. A pop up then displays a message that states
that the files have been encrypted and the user has 72 hours to pay $300 or
euros or even BitCoins to get a private key to restore all of the files to
their original condition.