We wrote about the CryptoLocker Ransomware virus a couple of months ago, however, with the recent update of this CryptoWall virus we felt it was important to stress the importance of protecting yourself against these bugs.
This newest version, makes it even more difficult to remove the virus and restore your files.
As mentioned in our previous article, the delivery methods, lack of protection from off the shelf antivirus software, and risk of free cloud service providers hasn’t changed.
The most significant change in this version of the bug is that it changes and encrypts the title of the files before it encrypts and locks the files.
How to Undo the CryptoWall Infection?
The only why to eliminate the virus from your system and restore your files is from a backup.
Or pay their $500+ fees, but even that’s not a guarantee, now that government is involved and doing what they can to shut down the payment pages.
Here’s the problem with that…
This new level of encryption in the CryptoWall virus effects our ability to verify that all files have been restored from the backup, because the file names have been changed.
How to Protect Your Business
I encourage you to read through our other article, there we have outlined a three step process to help protect yourself against this virus.
The most important step, is number three:
Use CrashPlan for Backups and Storage, this is our most used solution for our business and our clients. CrashPlan provides a great solution for networks and individual users.
One Additional Critical Step – Educate Your Employees
Be sure to instruct your employees to notify your IT support staff if they are notified of an infection. The longer the virus is in your system, the more damage it can do, especially if you have a server.
Why Should You Be Concerned?
The risk you face from such a virus could devastate your business. From lost documents, to disruption and downtime, to compromised information and a damaged reputation. In the long run, the cost of ignoring the risk are much higher than the cost of protecting yourself.
Don’t Forget we Can Help!
We have dealt with these viruses before, and we have established a protocol for protecting our clients from these and many other threats.
Allow us to perform a FREE Network Check-Up. Use our contact form to request your free check-up. Or just give us a call, 928.368.2024.