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We want to warn you about a new computer virus that's spreading around the world.
It's called the Crypto Locker Virus and it has made its way into the Tri-Cities. Like most computer viruses, the Crypto Virus is downloaded through an attachment from an email. Once it's on your computer, it locks all of your files and in a new twist, asks for ransom money to obtain the key for you to get your files back.
"I walked into my office Monday morning and turned on my computer and saw a horrible screen that said 'Crypto Virus,'" said Leila Noonan.
Noonan is the catering director at Shilo Inn in Richland.
She's been spending the last few days playing catch up after losing all her work files to the new dangerous virus.
"It has a list of files that it goes through and encrypts which basically locks you out completely of those files until you get the key, so without that key your files are lost," said Shawn Winget, owner of Wintech Computer Services in Kennewick.
How do you obtain that key? You literally have to pay ransom money.
It can be anywhere from $100-$700 that has to be paid through an untracebale payment method like a pre-paid credit card.
You only have a 72-hour window to do it before your files are gone forever.
This is just like the Virus that marks all the files on your hard drives as hidden and informs you that your computer has been used to view child porn/commit cyber terrorist acts. It then tell you the only way out is to pay such and such an amount of Euros, dead give away since my country's currency is Pounds Sterling.
Restore to a previous point/date and then running your antivirus/anti malware software generally does the trick!
edit on 7-11-2013 by andy06shake because: (no reason given)