Cryptolocker – what it does and how we protect against it

Cryptolocker – what it does and how we protect against it

Cryptolocker is a malicious piece of software classified as ‘ransomware’. It encrypts your files with a secret key and then demands that you pay a ransom in order for the files to be released.

File types affected by Cryptolocker include:
Open Office documents, Microsoft Office documents, image files and text files among others.

Once opened Cryptolocker starts to encrypt Office documents, PDF files, photos or illustrations, making them inaccessible. The virus attacks documents found on your local PC as well as mapped network drives. It doesn’t attack files that are on disconnected drives or archived documents.

While there is no sure-fire method of prevention for this virus, we employ proactive security measures to notify our staff within minutes of an infection. This alongside antivirus protection and regular backups help to safeguard your files, minimize impact and divert potential disaster.


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