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Be advised, there’s a new digital threat on the scene that you and your employees need to be aware of. Known as Cryptowall 2.0, it’s a wicked virus that has the potential to encrypt and steal your files, making it the scariest thing to hit your front door this Halloween season.
Cryptowall is transmitted through email and it uses phishing tactics that are a favorite hacking trick. Phishing emails are characterized by posing as a legitimate message that the receiver would care about and normally open, like a financial statement, bill, invoice, or an urgent-sounding message. The goal of a phishing email is to trick you into opening the email and downloading its virus-laden contents. With Cryptowall, the attachment that you want to be on the lookout for zipped folders and PDF files.
Cryptowall may have a familiar ring to it, and that’s because it’s an upgrade to Cryptolocker, one of the nastiest viruses that we’ve come across in the past year. Both Cryptolocker and Cryptowall are a kind of virus known as ransomware, which operates by encrypting your computer’s files, locking you out of your system, and then demanding that you pay the hacker money for a ransom in order to decrypt your files and get your PC back.
With IT managers becoming wise to Cryptolocker and finding workarounds that allow them to recover files, hackers have stepped up their game too, and made Cryptowall even more difficult to safely remove from a system without paying the ransom (something that we at NTConnections strongly advise against).
For such a dangerous threat like Cyrptowall, you need to keep your guard up for phishing emails and know what to look for. You will also want to inform your staff about this threat and make sure that they’re extra careful with what they download from the Internet. Here are a couple of common sense tips that can keep your business safe.
If you suspect that you’re being targeted by the Cryptowall ransomware, or if your PC has experienced a worse case scenario and become infected, then call NTConnections at (703) 288-9767. It’s our job to stay ahead of the hackers, and we’ve got a few tricks up our sleeves that can thwart the hackers plans to take your computer ransom and extort you for money. Call us today to gain the ultimate protection from the worst of the web.