Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Real Virus Threat, Not a Hoax.

This message comes from my brother-inlaw, a college instructor who sent it out to relatives and all of his students who participate in online course work.  I am sorry I didn't get it to you sooner.

Date: Thu, 31 Oct 2013 17:47:15 -0500
Subject: Real virus threat. Not an internet hoax.
There is a new ransomware virus called Cryptolocker that is spreading throughout
the internet.  Cryptolocker, when executed, encrypts a wide variety of files on your
computer in such a way that you are unable to access your information unless you
pay a "ransom" of $300.  There is a wealth of information about this virus on various
websites such as ComputerWorld, Sophos, and Malwarebytes if you wish to know more
Cryptolocker is spread primarily via Email links and attachments.  *I cannot stress
enough how important it is to never open link or attachments unless you can confirm
with the sender that they are 100% legitimate.*
While I have not become aware of any cases of Cryptolocker on OTC's network, I have
had confirmed reports of individuals outside the OTC network getting this virus via
their personal email accounts.  In one specific case, a gentleman opened an attachment
out of habit without looking closely at the sender and was immediately infected.
* Do not open any attachment or click on any link without being 100% sure it is legitimate.
* It is always best practice to backup any personal files or pictures that you do
not want to lose to an external drive or secure remote location.

Thank You

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