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CryptoLocker: Your Files Held For Ransom
10-24-2013, 03:39 PM,
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CryptoLocker: Your Files Held For Ransom
CryptoLocker Virus: New Malware Holds Computers For Ransom, Demands $300 Within 100 Hours And Threatens To Encrypt Hard Drive

By Ryan W. Neal on October 21 2013 3:23 PM

A new malware spreading around the Internet in recent months holds every file on a computer for ransom. Unless the user pays $300 in bitcoins to the hacker responsible for the infection within 100 hours, the hacker threatens to forever deny the user access to his or her files.

The malware, which is known as CryptoLocker, is not just an empty threat. If the hacker's demands aren’t met, the computer files get cryptographically locked, making it almost impossible to access them. A ticking clock showing the time limit makes CryptoLocker just a bit more terrifying.

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The new CryptoLocker malware threatens to encrypt a user's hard drive unless they pay $300 in Bitcoins. (Sophos)

CryptoLocker is spread through phony emails designed to look like they're from legitimate businesses and fake FedEx and UPS tracking notifications. Once opened, CryptoLocker installs itself in the "Documents and Settings" folder, scans the hard drive and encrypts certain file types, including documents associated with Microsoft Word and Adobe Photoshop. CryptoLocker then launches a pop-up window with the 100-hour countdown and provides details on how to pay the ransom.

If the ransom is paid before the deadline, a key is given to decrypt the files. If not, the key is destroyed and the files are effectively lost forever. Even advanced software security companies don’t really have ways to restore the locked hard drive. Catching the hackers behind CryptoLocker may be the only way to retrieve the files.

The hackers are covering their tracks by using Bitcoins, a digital currency designed to be as anonymous as cash. Payments are made with a Green Dot MoneyPak, a reloadable debit card.

There is a growing trend in this type of malware, known as "ransomware," but CrytpoLocker is the most dangerous one to pop up so far. Normally the threats are empty or the malware does something completely fixable, such as freezing the computer.

The good news is that paying the ransom does actually decrypt the files, and the hackers behind CryptoLocker so far have been honest and not reinfected computers after the ransom is paid.

Security companies are working on a protection, but there isn’t one yet. Users should remain vigilant about their security online, double-checking the legitimacy of links received in emails and social media messages.

Source: http://www.ibtimes.com/cryptolocker-virus-new-malware-holds-computers-ransom-demands-300-within-100-hours-threatens-encrypt
See also: http://www.snopes.com/computer/virus/cryptolocker.asp


Some tips on avoiding getting caught by these types of demons, be they worm, virus or general malware:

- If you receive an email, check the headers and links inside to ensure that it's legitimate. eBay emails will always come from eBay and never an unrecognised source.
- Disable scripting in your email client if possible.
- Always download files directly from a trusted source. If you're unsure about the site serving the file, type the site name in a Web search and include the terms "hoax" or "scam" to see if it's been reported.
- If you use a Web browser that lets you selectively disable scripting on some sites, i.e. Firefox with NoScript, take advantage of that to filter out potentially malevolent sites.
- Maintain a paradigm of noncomplacency - in other words, always be vigilant and on the lookout for someone wishing to take advantage of you.
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10-24-2013, 08:12 PM,
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RE: CryptoLocker: Your Files Held For Ransom
a hostage computer case...
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10-28-2013, 09:50 PM,
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RE: CryptoLocker: Your Files Held For Ransom
Here is another article with ways to remove it and decrypt file: http://privacy-pc.com/how-to/remove-cryptolocker-virus.html

This virus is engineered by Eastern Europe guys. The above blog have also an article about background of current wave of ransomware viruses like FBI virus and cryptolocker.

En Es Ay uses more primitive ways to get us - they just go Microsoft and an insert a backdoor into Windows, Skype, Office. Hijack once to rule you all!!!
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10-29-2013, 02:30 AM,
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Ransomware 2.0 Comes to America
Ransomware 2.0 Comes to America

AS You May Know The NSA And A Few Other Sites Were Down With Technical Glitches.
Rumors Of A DOS Attack Were Dispelled, And The Agencies Have It All Figured Out Supposedly.
But Something That The General Public May Not Be Aware Of Is, There's A New Threat On The Block Called:
"RANSOMWARE 2.0"

It Apparently has A Strange Sense Of Humor Before Delivering The Execution.
Please Share With Others, And Don't Forget To Back Your Data Up As Well.


More On This In The Article Below.
http://techtalk.pcpitstop.com/2013/10/18/ransom-ware-2-0-come-america
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10-29-2013, 06:15 PM,
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RE: Ransomware 2.0 Comes to America
Backing up is definitely a requisite in computing, whether it's to mitigate the damage against viruses,, worms like Ransomware 2.0, or general hardware failures. My recommendation is to buy a backup drive, download a freeware data sync program (a backup program that only updates new files and deletes old ones from the backup), and store everything in one or two locations to keep the process simple.

Then hook up the external drive, let the backup run, and disconnect the external. For those who are concerned about stuff like EMPs, build a cheap Faraday cage and keep your precious electronics in it.
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10-29-2013, 07:20 PM,
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RE: Ransomware 2.0 Comes to America
(10-29-2013, 06:15 PM)thokling Wrote: My recommendation is to buy a backup drive

So where exactly can I find a cheap 12 Tb backup drive ? Undecided

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10-29-2013, 07:42 PM,
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RE: Ransomware 2.0 Comes to America
(10-29-2013, 07:20 PM)JFK Wrote:
(10-29-2013, 06:15 PM)thokling Wrote: My recommendation is to buy a backup drive

So where exactly can I find a cheap 12 Tb backup drive ? Undecided

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JFK your just like me. Loaded with HDs.

I also have a 3T Network external drive, but runs under Linux's so I'll need to see if it can attack my external
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10-29-2013, 08:54 PM, (This post was last modified: 10-29-2013, 08:59 PM by JFK.)
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RE: Ransomware 2.0 Comes to America
(10-29-2013, 07:42 PM)datars Wrote: JFK your just like me. Loaded with HDs.

You don't know the half of it... I also have a rig which does 3 1/2, 2 1/2 IDE as well as SATA which plugs into a USB 3.0 port for all my "offline drives"...
I ran out of fingers and toes to count how many of those I have. LOL

Oh yeah, I also have 3 - 1.8" drives which plug into a compactflash port on my HTPC.


- Too much crap. Blush

The latest acquisition was a 512GB Plextor SSD C: drive. 20 second cold boot time with Win 7 Enterprise which is heavily loaded with apps...
That includes the BIOS timeout asking where I want to boot from. Smile

Now I can screw things up REALLY fast. LOL
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10-29-2013, 11:02 PM,
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RE: Ransomware 2.0 Comes to America
(10-29-2013, 07:20 PM)JFK Wrote:
(10-29-2013, 06:15 PM)thokling Wrote: My recommendation is to buy a backup drive

So where exactly can I find a cheap 12 Tb backup drive ? Undecided

Why not get yourself a multibay hard drive array enclosure? There are 4-drive models for about $200 that'll combine all hard drives into one device. There are even prebuilt ones that cost $1000-$1200 for 10TB of space. Since you have the money for the rig you have, worst case scenario is you have to save up a little bit depending upon the solution.

Me, I have a 300GB external drive that stores all of my documents and various treasures with room to spare. I'm willing to lose all of my torrented files except what I've backed up if I end up with any sort of failure or my system's compromised otherwise, since I can always reobtain most of what I've downloaded.
Truth appears in many forms. Find those that resonate with you.

- "If we do not believe in freedom of speech for those we despise, we do not believe in it at all." - Noam Chomsky
- "Humans are not a rational animal, but a rationalizing one." - Leon Festinger

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10-30-2013, 12:16 AM,
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RE: Ransomware 2.0 Comes to America
(10-29-2013, 11:02 PM)thokling Wrote:
(10-29-2013, 07:20 PM)JFK Wrote:
(10-29-2013, 06:15 PM)thokling Wrote: My recommendation is to buy a backup drive

So where exactly can I find a cheap 12 Tb backup drive ? Undecided

Since you have the money for the rig you have
Therein lies the rub. I really don't.
What I currently have is a culmination of probably 17 years of hand me downs and a few very well placed and lucky bids on ebay ( items listed in the wrong sections, etc. ), and the ability to find people on Craigslist who are willing to sell for much less than the pieces are worth.

What I do have is knowledge and luck, which is worth a whole lot more than money. Wink
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10-30-2013, 04:29 AM,
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RE: Ransomware 2.0 Comes to America
(10-30-2013, 12:16 AM)JFK Wrote: Therein lies the rub. I really don't.
What I currently have is a culmination of probably 17 years of hand me downs and a few very well placed and lucky bids on ebay ( items listed in the wrong sections, etc. ), and the ability to find people on Craigslist who are willing to sell for much less than the pieces are worth.

What I do have is knowledge and luck, which is worth a whole lot more than money. Wink
there's a handy little app i use on ebay.. it's called "Fat fingers" and it searched for misspelt and misplaced listings and they usually go cheaper as less people check em out..
Uuse it on my S3 and then watch and then bid on my main machine.
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10-30-2013, 07:23 AM,
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RE: Ransomware 2.0 Comes to America
i have one of these in addition to some enclosed externals.
[Image: CNET-YYD1-SATDOCK4U3.jpg]

after 2 years on the shelf, running 24/7/365, the fans are a bit noisy and one of the led indicators isn't functional, but hooked up w/USB 3.0 the drives run gr8

the enclosed style drives don't seem to like the 24/7 thing; hoping for better luck w/the dock Suspicious
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10-30-2013, 11:51 AM, (This post was last modified: 10-30-2013, 11:54 AM by JFK.)
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RE: CryptoLocker: Your Files Held For Ransom
Thanks Pax681. That will save a whole lot of time for me.
http://fatfingers.com/default.aspx

Groggin, that is a prime example of the type of "hand me down" I was referring to... LED's can be cannibalized from non working electronics, and new fans can be had for real cheap money. People with money normally just throw things like that out without a second thought... Which reminds me of a disabled veteran who threw his laptop in the trash a few weeks ago, simply because he can't stay off illegitimate porn sites and had once again infected his machine.
( It was too late in that case, someone beat me to the dumpster. LOL )
Would I spend 5 - 10 bucks for parts and an hour or so of my time for a 200 dollar hard drive docking station ?
You bet your ass I would. Wink
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10-30-2013, 12:54 PM,
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RE: CryptoLocker: Your Files Held For Ransom
(10-29-2013, 11:02 PM)thokling Wrote: [quote='JFK' pid='265338' dateline='1383070809']
[quote='thokling' pid='265329' dateline='1383066914']
My recommendation is to buy a backup drive

Unfortunately, a backup drive that is connected to your computer at the time of the infection will also be affected. It is the textbook thing -always store your back-up in another building ...
The good thing - you are not necessary helpless as a sitting duck. Check the website of the provider of your internet protection service - thay have good and often free advise on how to prepare, to prevent and if needed to repair. See for instance http://www.symantec.com/security_response/writeup.jsp?docid=2009-041513-1400-99&tabid=3. (I have Norton protection as you see). But there are many others.
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10-30-2013, 05:16 PM, (This post was last modified: 10-30-2013, 05:20 PM by datars.)
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RE: CryptoLocker: Your Files Held For Ransom
(10-29-2013, 08:54 PM)JFK Wrote:
(10-29-2013, 07:42 PM)datars Wrote: JFK your just like me. Loaded with HDs.

You don't know the half of it... I also have a rig which does 3 1/2, 2 1/2 IDE as well as SATA which plugs into a USB 3.0 port for all my "offline drives"...
I ran out of fingers and toes to count how many of those I have. LOL

Oh yeah, I also have 3 - 1.8" drives which plug into a compactflash port on my HTPC.


- Too much crap. Blush

The latest acquisition was a 512GB Plextor SSD C: drive. 20 second cold boot time with Win 7 Enterprise which is heavily loaded with apps...
That includes the BIOS timeout asking where I want to boot from. Smile

Now I can screw things up REALLY fast. LOL
I have so many HDs that I have been taking the data off of them, and putting it on larger HDs. Then I take the old drives and put them on older PCs needing to be fix. I still have lots of IDEs left.

PC Matic - Super Shield makes clams that it will stop the new Ransom ware Polymorphic virus and you can use it for free.

Here’s there video on Super Shield
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoKX7WLTAh4#t=454
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