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Locky Ransomware Emailed to 23 Million Users

Locky Ransomware in Your EmailRansomware is not new, as anyone with a reliable electrical supply knows by now.  Variants are many.  Results are the same.  Ransomware encrypts every data file on your computer, rendering them unusable until you pay the ransom demanded by the cyber criminals who infected your computer.

 

 

The delivery mechanisms are very simply:

  1. Infected web servers
  2. Your own email

Locky branded ransomware has been around for about 18 months now, has been released in several variants and has infected millions of computers in its lifetime.  The cost to consumers and institutions has been staggering.  There is no “fix” for Locky.  No magic bullet exists to remove the encryption.  Once you are infected you either pay the ransom or lose your data (in the absence of a current backup).

The latest iteration of Locky targeted over 23 million users in the United Dates over a span of 24 hours via an email campaign with a random assortment of subjects.

How to Protect Yourself From Ransomware

Currently, there is no mechanism available to decrypt Locky encrypted files, so users are strongly encouraged to follow prevention measures.

Delete Phishing emails: Always be suspicious of email attachments.  Never click on links inside emails or attached documents prior to verifying the source.

Backups: To avoid permanent loss of data, keep a thorough backup running that saves your data in two places:

Keep your Antivirus software up-to-date: Always keep your antivirus software updated to protect against latest threats.  I ONLY recommend, use and sell AVG Business Edition and CloudCare products.  With over 4,000 installations, I have yet to see a client infected.  ALL Antivirus products require fine-tuning to be fully effective.  NO Antivirus product is protecting you effectively “out of the box“.

If you want to read all the gory details of this new Locky variant, follow this link for a blow-by-blow tear-down of the latest threat.

Name of author

Name: Wizard

Short Bio:

The Computer Wizard (TCW). TCW was founded by Warren P. Harris in 1994 to service and repair computers in the San Francisco Bay Area. Relocating the business to Plano, Texas in 1999, TCW continued to flourish when an unfortunate loss of data for a wedding Mr. Harris photographed, caused him to research data recovery options. Realizing he would have to either pay someone to recover the photos or find out how to do it himself, the rest, as they say “is history”. Approached by a friend who was a Private Investigator in 2006, Mr. Harris studied for his Investigator’s license and began honing his skills in Computer Forensics. The company was renamed DFW Computer Integration in 2015.

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