The Crypto Locker Virus has been infecting computers all over and demanding that the infected user now pay large sums of money to fix the problem. People who get infected are being told that they will need to pay the amount of money requested, or forfeit all of the information on their hard drives. This has many people scared, and rightfully so. For many computer users, their entire life’s work is stored on their computers.
What is the Crypto Locker Virus? Taking People’s Computers Hostage
Don’t go around opening up unexpected emails from reputable companies like UPS, because that is how this virus has been entering people’s computers. The virus is contained within a harmless looking email from UPS, FedEX, and the likes. Unsuspecting users are clicking on these emails assuming that they will have information about a package being delivered to them, but instead they are in for a nasty surprise.
The virus then pops up on your computer screen and tells you that you now have only 100 hours to pay a ransom or else the information on your computer will be destroyed. If you pay the ransom, reportedly the virus will stop attacking your computer. Many people have been paying this ransom today just to get their computer usage back. Others have been able to take a recent backup of their computer and re-install that with some success.
Worse yet is that major companies are now also being hit with this virus, and some of them are paying large sums of money in order to un-infect many of their computers. These businesses are unable to operate without important information contained on their computers. They could be missing out on sensitive information as well.
This whole virus is a scam, but unlike most other viruses it demands money. You would think that this would make the people profiting off of this Crypto Locker Virus very easy to track, but rather than just accepting payments through credit or debit cards, the virus’ makers are only accepting payments in BitCoin. BitCoin is a relatively new virtual currency that is becoming more and more popular. Unlike most other payments though, it is not traceable. Worse yet is that BitCoin does not accept credit cards for payment, so good luck disputing any charges after you pay the Crypto Locker people.
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What is the Crypto Locker Virus? Taking People’s Computers Hostage.