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Thread: Very nasty computer virus going round at the moment

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    Very nasty computer virus going round at the moment

    Not anything deery but i'd hate anyone to get nailed by this

    I've been sent a series of very convincing emails from amazom, dhl and barclays all asking to open a zipped file. If you have the file extensions showing you can see its actually an exe attachment.

    Apparently if opened it encrypts all your data permanently unless you pay a huge ransom.

    i was round my computer guys earlier on with literally a succession of people ringing who had fallen victim to this scam which has apparently so far netted its creator in excess £1billion.

    Bin anything with a zipped attachment.
    Change your passwords regularly.

    John

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    its called Crypto blocker

    also watch out for emails from Companies House

    ransom is around $300 in bitcoins

    all good and untraceable until he tries to bank it.
    bet you he is the world's most watched bitcoin account waiting for it to happen

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    Sounds nasty, but glad it's just an exe. file though.
    Thought it might be something my Mac could get for a while there

    Neil.

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    It's very simple... If you don't trust it, don't open it.

    I always Google unusual email addresses, and more often than not they have registered somewhere as spam already

    No affiliation, but Latest Email Hoaxes - Current Internet Scams - Hoax-Slayer is always a good starting point
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    Big thank you to the OP

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hornet 6 View Post
    Sounds nasty, but glad it's just an exe. file though.
    Thought it might be something my Mac could get for a while there

    Neil.

    AFAIK its an application embedded in a PDF
    it is also Network enabled so can come in on a zip drive, as soon as your PC reads the drive....game over
    if you are on a network it automatically infects connected devices

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CryptoLocker

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    Oh Yes a Much Bigger thank you to the OP

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    Quote Originally Posted by bewsher500 View Post
    AFAIK its an application embedded in a PDF
    it is also Network enabled so can come in on a zip drive, as soon as your PC reads the drive....game over
    if you are on a network it automatically infects connected devices

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CryptoLocker
    Not quite.... it does rely a bit more on user 'cooperation', or (as Miranda would say ) 'what I like to call'... stupidity.


    • It isn't embedded in a PDF which runs itself... it is usually a .zip file containing an executable file cunningly labelled something like "Your DHL Tracking No.pdf.exe".
    • It can't 'come in on a zip drive'..... silly people can copy it onto a zip drive and then give that drive to someone else who can then open it
    • It can't spread across the network infecting devices.... but if you have network drives mapped (like in work you may have network drives H:\, J:\ etc) then it will have a go at screwing them up the same as it would any other drives on your PC (C:\, D:\ etc)


    So... when a user tells me something like:

    "Oh, I just opened up Outlook and the next thing I know I had spent $2000 getting my data back" what they actually mean is...

    "Oh, I got an email from someone I never heard of, in a country I've never been, about a parcel I wasn't expecting, and immediately double clicked the attachment to open the ZIP file... then without looking or giving it any thought I double clicked the executable file within.... then I said YES I am sure, and then when the PC said it needed administrator confirmation I said OK to that too... then it started installing stuff while I was wondering what was going to be in my free parcel/how much money I'd won/inherited etc and then my computer was screwed..... and now it's your problem"


    <END RANT>


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