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CryptoLocker Ransomeware attacking Australia

What is Ransomware?

Ransomware is malicious software that denies you access to your computer or files until you pay a ransom.  There are two types of ransomware that SophosLabs is commonly seeing:

  • Encrypts personal files/folders (e.g., the contents of your My Documents folder – documents, spreadsheets, pictures, videos).  Files are deleted once they are encrypted and generally there is a text file in the same folder as the now-inaccessible files with instructions for payment.  You may see a lock screen but not all variants show one.  Instead you may only notice a problem when you attempt to open your files.  This type is called ‘file encryptor’ ransomware. For example, CryptoLocker is a file encryptor that Sophos Anti-Virus detects as Troj/Ransom-ACP.
  • ‘Locks’ the screen (presents a full screen image that blocks all other windows) and demands payment.  No personal files are encrypted.  Example screenshots of with type running on a computer are shown below (click for larger view)..  This type is called ‘WinLocker’ ransomware.There is also ‘MBR ransomware’.  The Master Boot Record (MBR) is a section of the computer’s hard drive that allows the operating system to boot up.  MBR ransomware changes the computer’s MBR so the normal boot process is interrupted and a ransom demand is displayed on screen instead.

Watch CryptoLocker in action

CryptoLocker is a newer type of ransomware that encrypts personal files and then demands a payment of 300 USD to release them. Watch the video below to see it in action.

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Article originally posted in Sophos knowledge base.