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“CryptoLocker” Malware Holds Your Data Hostage

SophosLabs reports a new, very destructive malware threat known as CryptoLocker that encrypts users data and then tries to sell it back to them. Users are being infected in two ways: Email attachments and botnets (a new infection on a computer that is already infected). There is no known remedy for CryptoLocker, so prevention is the best measure:

  • Stay patched. Keep your operating system and software up to date.
  • Make sure your anti-virus is active and up to date.
  • Avoid opening attachments you weren’t expecting, or from people you don’t know well.
  • Make regular backups, and store them somewhere safe, preferably offline.