CryptoLocker is a ransomware program that was released around the beginning of September 2013 that targets all versions of Windows including Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8. CryptoLocker is spreading via various phishing campaigns, including some from legitimate businesses, or through phony Federal Express or UPS tracking notifications. When a user opens such a message, CryptoLocker installs itself on the user’s system, scans the hard drive, and encrypts certain file types, such as images, documents, and spreadsheets.
Action you should take if you are infected:
- Immediately shut down your computer and disconnect any external media
- Call us as soon as you can
How you can potentially avoid infection:
- Stay patched: Keep your operating system and software up to date.
- Make sure your anti-virus is active and up to date.*
- Avoid opening attachments you weren’t expecting, or from people you don’t know well.
- Make regular backups and store them somewhere safe.