Cryptolocker: Holding data hostage

Computer experts are stressing the importance of data protection as the ‘Cryptolocker’ virus spreads.

The virus, usually installed through unwanted attachments on emails or through questionable websites, encrypts information on computers that, in most cases, cannot be undone.  Hackers force users to pay money to get their information back.

“You cannot get it decrypted,” explains Rob Shiras with IT Technologies in Seattle, Washington. “You have to send them money to get out of trouble.”

Shiras said his office sees one computer infected with ‘Cryptolocker’ every week.  Most decide to wipe their hard drive, but recently, someone chose to pay the ransom.

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