There is a new criminal trojan doing the rounds – called CryptoLocker, it affects Windows systems, encrypts your files and holds them at ransom, requiring the end user to make a payment before the files can be decrypted. If the payment is not made by the certain deadline, their unique private decryption key is destroyed and your files will never be recoverable. More than 10,000 people worldwide have already been affected.
There is a lot of news and publicity about this:
In this case there is an added complication because criminals are behind this threat, they cannot accept credit card payments and therefore only accept BitCoin or MoneyPak – rendering the average user in a position where they may not be knowledgeable enough or in a position to even acquire the virtual currency to pay the fee. The risk of course is that even after payment the key may not be provided.
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