The following is a general alert about CryptoLocker
The following is a Queen's University ITServices notification. The following is a general alert about CryptoLocker, a type of malware known as "ransomware."
CryptoLocker is malware that infects a computer when someone
clicks a link or opens malicious attachments in a phishing
email. These phishing emails often resemble Fed Ex or UPS
tracking notices. Once the computer is infected, the malware
will encrypt files on the computer and display a message
demanding that a ransom be paid to the attackers to decrypt
and recover the files. You should never reply to the attacker
or pay the ransom. You will be increasing your risk by
disclosing your financial details.
If your system has been infected by CryptoLocker, or any other
type of ransomware, do not pay the ransom. Report the incident
immediately to the IT Support Centre using the contact
information at the end of this message.
As soon as possible, disconnect your computer or device from
the network to prevent the malware from spreading to other
drives or devices.
In general, the following actions can be taken to prevent or
mitigate the risks of malware infection:
Posted: 2013 November 25