If you receive an email from UPS, or FedX encouraging you to click on a link to find a package you were not expecting, chances are good that it could be a spoof.
A new virus, CryptoLocker ransomeware, downloads via a link in an email that presents itself as a communication from DHL, FedX, or UPS. The ransomware then installs itself in the documents folder and encrypts all of your data files so you cannot recover them without the key. The user is then presented with a prompt demanding a payment for the key code to release their data from encryption, ranging from $100 to $300, with a time limit to pay (72 to 100 hours) threatening the data will be completely erased if payment is not received.
Jason Taylor is a technology expert at Professional Computer Services in Roseville. “Make sure you have all your data backed up,” he said. “So far we have had two customers with this problem and I can assure you that there is no way to recover the data once it has been encrypted by this virus. We can get rid of the bug, but not remove the encryption to recover the data; the data is gone.”
Taylor also cautions folks that there is no point in paying the ransom because the entity behind this scheme will not help you. It is simply a scheme to extort money.
According to Taylor, the primary way viruses are downloaded to your computer is with your permission from tricks like this one, convincing you the source is trusted.
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