Malware Alert – CryptoLocker / CryptoWall


Internet Security watchers report a surge in the malware CryptoLocker and CryptoWall that is increasingly affecting corporate and home users alike. This type of malware is called ransomware and is designed to lock victims out of files, folders or their PC until the requested ransom is provided. Reported requested ransoms have ranged from $200 to $50,000.

Like all forms of malware, CryptoLocker and CryptoWall can be introduced into the environment in a variety of ways. However, the following 2 instances are currently the most common causes :

  1. Opening infected files or clicking infected links in These emails can be from both users in your address book or users that you do not know.
  2. Clicking on an infected link that resides on a This malware has taken hold in many banner ad sites used by many well-known websites. has taken technological steps to limit exposure but we need your assistance in educating your users to recognize and combat this and other malware attacks.

If you encounter any questionable e-mails, don’t open them! Delete or contact immediately.

Do not install any software when browsing streaming media sites. This download may be malware and serve as the entry point for malware.

Here are 4 tips to recognize malicious emails:

  1. In the “From” field, the title and email address do not match. Most businesses do not send emails from anonymous users
  2. Look for poor grammar and uncommon This is the quickest way to identify fraudulent emails
  3. Low quality graphics are another hint that an email may be fraudulent.
  4. Unsolicited Look for an influx of links from known and unknown users. This is a general indication that you are receiving a suspicious email.

When in doubt, stop and ask!