A New Version of Cryptolocker is back… THE CRYPTOWALL EPIDEMIC is HERE!
What is CryptoWall?
Cryptowall is a ransomware Trojan virus similar to Cryptorbit and CyrptoLocker. The virus infects a computer and encrypts crucial files. Users may not be able to access their data which will be hidden once CryptoWall has taken its toll. Cryptowall can affect files including *.doc, *.docx, *.xls, *.ppt, *.psd, *.pdf, *.eps, *.ai, *.cdr, and *.jpg.
Who is vulnerable to a CryptoWall?
CryptoWall is designed to infect all versions of Windows including XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. If you are still using XP, you are especially vulnerable as support for XP ended on April 8th with no updates.
How can I get CryptoWall?
CryptoWall Ransomware is spread through a fake update notices for applications such as Adobe Reader, Flash Player, or Java. It can also come from opening spam emails and malicious advertisements on major websites. BE CAUTIOUS and USE YOUR JUDGEMENT! Do not click on suspicious files, ads, or downloads from your e-mail or the Internet.
What to look out for?
CryptoWall will prompt a message on the infected computer that explains what has happened and what to do. Do not follow these instructions, call eMazzanti Technologies to remove the virus from your network.
This is a sample message you may receive:
The virus may ask that you pay a $500 fee to recover your encrypted data. Payment is requested through Bitcoins or TOR (The Onion Router – this allows you to browse the internet anonymously) as in the following example. Do not pay this fee as it does not guarantee your information will be returned to you.
I have CryptoWall…What happens next?
Call eMazzanti Technologies immediately! We will take immediate steps remove the virus from your network and restore your data from your backup solution. eMazzanti Technologies and our eCare Team are constantly tracking issues and events such as this and as soon as a fix is available, we will promptly patch our client’s network systems.
eMazzanti Technologies is aware of these problems and will continue to dedicate ourselves, not only to protect our clients, but informing them of any and all issues that may affect their business.
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No problem. Call us today and we will get you updated to Windows 8.1! We will help you be modern and stay safe with our skilled team of experts
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Carl Mazzanti is Co-Founder and President of eMazzanti Technologies, Microsoft’s four time Partner of the Year and one of the premier IT consulting services for businesses throughout the New York metropolitan area and internationally. Carl and his company manage over 400 active accounts ranging from professional services firms to high-end global retailers.
eMazzanti is all about delivering powerful, efficient outsourced IT services, such as computer network management and troubleshooting, managed print, PCI DSS compliance, green computing, mobile workforce technology, information security, cloud computing, and business continuity and disaster recovery.
Carl Mazzanti is also a frequent business conference speaker and technology talk show guest and contributor at Microsoft-focused events, including frequent prominent roles at the Microsoft Inspire (Worldwide Partner Conference / WPC).
Carl, a serial Entrepreneur, gives back to the community through Entrepreneur teaching engagements at Georgetown University, the company’s ocean wildlife conservation effort, the Blue Project, and Tree Mazzanti.