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January 4th, 2014, 22:55
What went pretty unnoticed till a few days ago was a ransomware
. The scam was classic, you get an unsuspicious e-mail but if you unzip it's attachment and execute it (it pretends to be a harmless PDF), you're screwed.
The malware, if executed, encrypts your files and asks $300 for a key to decrypt them back. Seems there is no way to crack the encryption key and get those files back, although I admit I didn't really visited all underground sites I know of.
Now the case of the evil version of "I love you" virus is not something I'd care about, but the problem went higher, it evolved into a worm and is now spreading over internet outside of e-mails! It's just a matter of days when visiting a random site or clicking on a random link would mean your data went locked.
You may read about current details here:
Till a method of cracking the key is made, I've installed CryptoPrevent just to be safe.
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