Monday, October 28, 2013
A nasty new ransomware is out and attacking people.
Wikipedia - Cryptolocker.
Ars Technica - you're infected: if you want to see your data again, pay us $300 in Bitcoins.
Computerworld - Cryptolocker: how to avoid getting infected.
As usual, do not ever click on any email attachment, even from a person you trust, until you know what it is. A lot of people who you enjoy talking with are ignorant when it comes to computer security.
Do not click on any email attachment that is a zip file.
Do not click on any email attachment.
Always ensure that you inspect Windows file extensions, and learn how to view headers and view source in email, to ensure you really know what you're clicking on.
It might also be a good idea to repartition your hard drive and have the ability to dual-boot into Linux: it won't save you from this, you're still screwed, but at least you'll still have a computer that works.
And to the dude who's been sending me perfectly safe things from a "Xerox copier": please don't send me those anymore unless you rewrite the "Subject:" line. I had a frickin' heart attack just now when I saw that Cryptolocker is sometimes spreading as a "mail from Xerox copier" message.