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
METHOD OF INFECTION-
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.