We have all seen the thrillers where a gang kidnaps someone and asks for money. What we see very little of is people kidnapping non-humans and demanding ransom money.
In the case of the Crypto Locker Virus, it encrypts your valuable data and then requires you to pay ransom money or it all is destroyed in 100 hours.
Most sources say that the ransom money is usually set between $100 to $300; however, some have said that they were required to pay as much as $700 to free their computer.
If your computer happens to be infected with this virus, it is recommended that you visit a repair technician who can fix the problem. The only other alternative is to try and repair your computer yourself, but it could be quite tricky.
To defend yourself from a possible attack, be aware of what e-mails you open and attachments you download. Really, be aware of any software that you download online even if it comes from a seemingly reliable source as scammers are able to camouflage their websites into looking legitimate.
Many sources are saying that these attacks originate from fake Fed-Ex and UPS scam e-mails. I have received a couple of these over the past couple of months but never open them.
It's hard to determine for many what is considered fake and what is considered real in terms of these e-mails. The only really way that I've been able to tell is that my e-mail service provider has a great spam filter that automatically recognizes them as spam. I also have been able to tell which are fake and real because I don't have lots of packages being sent to me. Plus, when I do, I don't give them my e-mail but eBay or Amazon usually send me e-mails or let me view the package's details from their website.
If you do a lot of online shopping and dealings with Fed-Ex, UPS, or any of these other agencies, I would suggest that you create multiple e-mail accounts and dedicate them for each service. Use one e-mail account strictly for packages and another strictly for private use. This will help you differentiate which e-mails are fake and which ones are most likely true.
Also, rather than checking these e-mails, visit the agencies' websites by manually typing in their URL (example: www.fedex.com) or using a reliable search engine like Google or Yahoo to get to their website. Once there, check your account from there so you don't need to rely on the e-mail that was sent in case it is a fake.
Another way to protect yourself is to use separate computers or devices for your different needs. Instead of using a Windows PC to check your e-mail, use your Android or iPhone. A virus created for Windows will most likely not have the same effect on your iOS or Android device as they are completely different operating systems. Most viruses are created for Windows so it is not wise to use a Windows device for this.
Be careful while browsing the net. This is just one nasty virus out of many.
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