There is a new type of malware named ‘CryptoDonkey’, this ransom ware locks various files on the computer and then asks ransom to unlock those files again. This malware encrypts the files and then demands that a ransom of 500 dollar needs to be paid before the files can be unlocked. If the amount of money is not paid on time the locker will delete the key and the files will be locked forever.
Here are five “top tips” for keeping safe against malware in general, and cyberblackmailers in particular:
Keep regular backups of your important files. If you can, store your backups offline, for example in a safe-deposit box, where they can’t be affected in the event of an attack on your active files. Your backups will be rendered useless if they are scrambled by CryptoLocker along with the primary copies of the files.
Use an anti-virus, and keep it up to date. As far as we can see, many of the current victims of CryptoLocker were already infected with malware that they could have removed some time ago, thus preventing not only the CryptoLocker attack, but also any of the damage done by that earlier malware.