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Cryptolocker ransomware has ´infected about 250,000 PCs´
BBC News ^ | 12/25/13 | Leo Kelion

Posted on 12/25/2013 6:51:56 PM PST by Nachum

A virulent form of ransomware has now infected about quarter of a million Windows computers, according to a report by security researchers. Cryptolocker scrambles users´ data and then demands a fee to unencrypt it alongside a countdown clock. Dell Secureworks said that the US and UK had been worst affected. It added that the cyber-criminals responsible were now targeting home internet users after initially focusing on professionals. The firm has provided a list of net domains that it suspects have been used to spread the code, but warned that more are being generated every day. Ransomware has existed since at least 1989,

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: criminalconspiracy; cryptolocker; dsj02; hackers; infected; pcs; ransom; ransomware
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To: Spirit of Liberty

Avast has a free removal tool. And free protection.


41 posted on 12/25/2013 8:11:19 PM PST by gitmo (If your theology doesn't become your biography, what good is it?)
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To: WhiskeyX

Have you tried the link in Post #37, for removal? Was it defeated, too?


42 posted on 12/25/2013 8:11:47 PM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: WhiskeyX

Sounds serious!

Does that program linked to earlier defeat cryptolocker?


43 posted on 12/25/2013 8:13:52 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Nachum

Oh just great. I just got a new computer (Dell) for Christmas!


44 posted on 12/25/2013 8:15:36 PM PST by sneakers ( Quinn: "Liberty is the solution to the human condition.")
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To: Nachum

bfl


45 posted on 12/25/2013 8:34:16 PM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: Nachum

While we are on the subject, what is a good antivirus software to run on Mint with Cinnamon? I use Avast on my M$ machines, but Mint doesn’t like it. I want an antivirus so I don’t pass anything along.


46 posted on 12/25/2013 8:34:26 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (Obamacare: You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.)
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To: sickoflibs

“Advanced System Care” coupled with “Malware Bytes” and “Microsoft Security Essentials” works pretty well for me.


47 posted on 12/25/2013 8:36:02 PM PST by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
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To: Nachum

malware bump for later.....


48 posted on 12/25/2013 8:38:41 PM PST by indthkr
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To: sneakers

For a moderate degree of safety from infections wrap your new computer in aluminum foil (grounded) and don’t connect it to the power line, TV, wireless devices or internet. .

For a high degree of safety nuke it from orbit.
It’s the only way to be sure.


49 posted on 12/25/2013 8:42:21 PM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: WhiskeyX

Stop giving your user’s local admin access. We restrict it on the domain and malware like this can’t install.
Disguising malicious code by adding a *.PDF or *.JPG to the end has been around forever.


50 posted on 12/25/2013 8:45:37 PM PST by miliantnutcase
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To: miliantnutcase

M4l


51 posted on 12/25/2013 9:03:55 PM PST by Scrambler Bob ( Concerning bo -- that refers to the president. If I capitalize it, I mean the dog.)
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To: Nachum

there are :
There are 168.6 million computers in the U.S AS OF THE YEAR 2000. fromm some wiki site. 250,000 infected are just the dumbacrackers.


52 posted on 12/25/2013 9:07:20 PM PST by kvanbrunt2 (i don't believe any court in this country is operating lawfully anyway)
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To: miliantnutcase

I always check the properties of the rare file I D/L from someone I know as their email address book can be compromised.

You think a relative or friend is sending you a Christmas e-card or family pic or similar and then you’ve been had.

And I don’t even bother with text messages on my phone unless I know for sure that it’s from someone I know and even then I check the spelling and writing style for anything that doesn’t look right.


53 posted on 12/25/2013 9:07:51 PM PST by Rodney Dangerfield ("Close the Voter ID Loophole! ID & Background checks for all voters!")
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To: WhiskeyX
the malware reinstalled itself after the hard drive had a high level format and reinstallation of Windows XP

It had inserted itself into a file that was saved, and later, reinstalled.

54 posted on 12/25/2013 9:28:32 PM PST by LouAvul (In a state of disbelief as to how liberals destroyed America in a mere 40 years.)
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To: miliantnutcase

See the Youtube video, noting the comments between timemarks 07:00 to 0:00.
Adam Kujawa, Malware Intelligence Analyst, Malwarebytes

Virus Advisory: CryptoLocker - How to Protect Yourself
LinuxTechShow
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zcj9RKO3e38


55 posted on 12/25/2013 9:39:57 PM PST by WhiskeyX ( provides a system for registering complaints about unfair broadcasters and the ability to request a)
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To: LouAvul
It had inserted itself into a file that was saved, and later, reinstalled.

Likely culprit a Flash vid, or a JavaScript in an html file that was causing the difficluties.

I would look at PartImage as a Rescue Enabler, and then disable all flash and java-whatever after a reinstall from a known clean backup occurred -especially before going online or reading an email on an html or script-enabled email reader -or web browser, at the very least.

56 posted on 12/25/2013 9:48:00 PM PST by Utilizer (Bacon A'kbar! - In world today are only peaceful people, and the mooslimbs trying to kill them-)
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To: Cementjungle

Good point. And an outrage too, that the NSA obviously refuses to commit time and resources to this. But enslaving Americans is more important, as the NWO is under some time pressure apparently.


57 posted on 12/25/2013 9:48:56 PM PST by Paulie
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To: Nachum
Anyone running Microsoft Security Essentials should go read this article: Goodbye Microsoft Security Essentials: Microsoft Now Recommends You Use a Third-Party Antivirus
58 posted on 12/25/2013 9:50:18 PM PST by upchuck (My Internet addiction is so bad... it's alt of ctrl.)
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To: LouAvul

No, that wasn’t possible. The system was not exposed to any of the old data files or the Internet. We suspect a hidden area on the hard drive in one instance and the system AMI BIOS in another instance.

MSI is now providing system boards with two EUFI on firmware, and then followed up with the ability to restore a EUFI from a USB flash drive. This was done in part to defeat the efforts of malware to infect and/or brick the system board by attacking the BIOS/EUFI.

When we used Malwarebytes and other anti-malware software to repair a couple of FBI ransomware hijackings, we found variants of the malware were systematically digging itself ever deeper into the system as we defeated the earlier efforts. It finally got down to the point where a Dell Optiplex 755 system would no longer enter the firmware setup. These variants were doing things the anti-malware software sources were saying weren’t possible, but they were possible and real.


59 posted on 12/25/2013 9:51:27 PM PST by WhiskeyX ( provides a system for registering complaints about unfair broadcasters and the ability to request a)
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To: upchuck

Ehrmmm... see: http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3104222/posts


60 posted on 12/25/2013 9:53:13 PM PST by Utilizer (Bacon A'kbar! - In world today are only peaceful people, and the mooslimbs trying to kill them-)
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