“CryptoLuck”….anything but lucky. This is the name for the new ransomware attacking victim’s computer’s. This ransomware is doing so “via a legitimate, code-signed program from Google known as GoogleUpdate.exe.” So far it seems that researchers have narrowed down the attacks to certain types, or genres of websites or even through compromised websites that they can redirect users to the CryptoLuck.
“On its own, GoogleUpdate.exe isn’t so bad. It’s a legitimate, code-signed software component of Google Updater. Essentially, it’s responsible for running Updater, a program which is responsible for installing, removing, and updating Google applications.”(https://www.tripwire.com/state-of-security/latest-security-news/cryptoluck-ransomware-infects-victims-using-signed-googleupdate-exe/)
Once the ransomware is on your computer and has encrypted your files it will then give you the warning message that your files have been encrypted and that you have to pay about $1,500 within 72 hours to get your files back…and that’s IF you get your files back.
So how do you make sure this doesn’t happen to you? Well, I’m glad you asked! The best thing you can do is make sure you have some sort of backup in place. Make sure all of your files are backed up somewhere safe. Give us a call at (813)-200-6100 if you need help backing up your files!
We are always warning you of scams and hackers on this internet but CNN says that the internet is actually more secure than it was a year ago! WOW! That’s scary to think!
The reason for this is that more and more websites are using encrypted connections. Google says that over half of the websites opened on their Chrome desktop browser now use HTTPS to show that the site is secured and it is protected against hackers.
The best news is that starting in January 2017 Chrome will begin “shaming” sites that use only HTTP connections. Googles plan in the long run is to have every site on the Chrome browser using the HTTPS connections.
So if you are not currently protected online, call us today for information on how to become safe online and what kind of antivirus software you should have!
Check out the full story from CNN here: http://money.cnn.com/2016/11/04/technology/google-chrome-security-https/index.html
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