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CryptoLocker

Unread postby Mr Onion » October 29th, 2013, 6:55 am

A friend pointed this out to me. Sounds a nasty one to my untrained eye, but easily overcome by using common sense ie never trust email links.

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

If they are that clever at programming why the &*%$ don't they design something good?
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Re: CryptoLocker

Unread postby Cypher » October 29th, 2013, 7:48 am

Yes, it is a nasty one, another useful article on Crypto Locker.
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-r ... nformation
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Re: CryptoLocker

Unread postby Mr Onion » October 29th, 2013, 8:00 am

Useful link Cypher. Thanks
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Re: CryptoLocker

Unread postby Mr Onion » November 1st, 2013, 12:53 pm

A friend has just pointed this out to me. http://www.foolishit.com/vb6-projects/cryptoprevent/ Any comments? There is a free version as well as the paid for one.
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Re: CryptoLocker

Unread postby Gary R » November 1st, 2013, 5:00 pm

Cryptoprevent is mentioned in the Bleeping Computers article ... http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-r ... on#prevent

We haven't fully tested it as such, but the few tests we have run seem to suggest that it's fairly easy to use. Whether it will remain effective against future versions of CryptoLocker is impossible to say.

My advice to anyone who is worried about contracting this infection, is for them to make sure they have robust and effective backup systems in place, backing up their hard drive to detachable media (USB drives of 500GByte or even 1TByte are reasonably cheap). That way if their disk gets encrypted, they can recover to an uncorrupted disk image.

Cloud backup systems have the disadvantage of backing things up automatically, so when a file gets changed on your computer, the "mirror" file also gets updated on the cloud server, for obvious reasons this is not a good thing when dealing with CryptoLocker, since the encrypted hard drive files will update their cloud counterparts encrypting them as well.
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Re: CryptoLocker

Unread postby Mr Onion » November 2nd, 2013, 7:38 am

:oops: That'll teach me to read things properly and not when I have had Morphine :roll:

I backup using Acronis so I am pretty safe anyway.
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Re: CryptoLocker

Unread postby Gary R » November 2nd, 2013, 11:27 am

Glad to hear you're backed up, I'm always disappointed by the number of people who don't attend to this essential piece of computer "maintenance".

Having a good backup strategy should be on everyone's agenda if they use a computer.
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Re: CryptoLocker

Unread postby Mr Onion » August 7th, 2014, 7:40 am

Good news for anyone who got caught by the idiots behind Cryptolocker:-

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-28661463

Glad to see the white hats fighting back.
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