‘Locky’ Ransomware Alert from BulletproofIT

‘Locky’ Ransomware Alert from BulletproofIT

New Ransomware Notice from Bulletproof InfoTech:

We wanted to make you aware of a new Ransomware that has started to raise its ugly head.  The IT world is calling it “Locky” – and it works in a similar way to other "Ransomwares" such as CryptoLocker and CryptoWall.  Please review the following information and share it with your staff members.

The main point?

  • Be careful!  If activated on your computer, Locky will encrypt your files, change your file names, and you will see a message telling you that you can't access the data unless you pay the hackers for a password.

How do you avoid it?

  • Locky is sending fake invoices that look like a Microsoft Word document.  Once you open one, the text is illegible and you are prompted to enable macros in the document.  DON'T DO IT.  See a sample photo below of what such a message might look like.
  • While Bulletproof works to ensure your systems have multiple levels of security software in place, the main way Ransomware gets into a system is by tricking you into opening something bad – particularly via email attachments.  By "you" I mean me too – it can happen to anyone.  So we all need to be careful.

Reminders

  • Use great caution when opening attachments in emails you aren't expecting and/or from people you don't know.
  • Never open zipped file attachments unless you are specifically expecting them to be sent to you from known senders.
  • Never enable macros in an email attachment unless you are very sure about the source of the document.
  • Never click on a link in a fishy (phishy) looking email.
  • If you're unsure – call BulletproofIT for assistance and we will look at the email with you.
  • If you think you've clicked on something bad – call BulletproofIT right away for assistance.

We highly recommend you share this information with your staff.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us!

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More detailed information can be found here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/the-locky-ransomware-encrypts-local-files-and-unmapped-network-shares/