Over the last few months, a computer virus called crypto locker has been moving quickly around the Internet and if it is on your computer it will hold it ransom until you pay a substantial fee; the crypto locker virus has also been called ransomware and it continues to cause a lot of damage. ABC News 27 announced that even their computers have been held hostage with this virus this week.
In September, users who found the crypto locker virus on their computer claimed that they were asked for $300 and this week some users were reporting being charged $700 before they could regain control of their own computer.
Ron Thomas, from ABC 33-40 in Birmingham, Alabama said this is what they saw when their computers locked up after being affected by the crypto locker virus:
"You buy this $300 Green Dot MoneyPak, you cannot use a credit card for it, it had to be cash or debit card. Once they claim the funds, they unlock your files. If those files had been lost, it could've affected 10 years' worth of work by several departments.”
ABC News 27 said that the only way they could get their files back was to pay the ransom fee.
Try Viers, an IT specialist for WSET said he has been trying to crack the code for the virus and this is what he has found:
"It will disguise itself as JPEG images, as PDF files, as Microsoft Office files. If you get an email from somebody you do not know, especially if it's got attachments, don't open anything with it, just delete the email."
The attacks of the crypto locker virus have occurred on both personal and work computers.
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Sources: ABC News 27