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Cryptolocker and Other Malware

February 11, 2014

Since last fall, scammers have tricked users into opening attachments that infect their machines with cryptolocker, and with ever increasing frequency.

The best way to avoid cryptolocker infection is to be very wary of any email containing links, attachments, or images you are not expecting. Such emails can appear to come from legitimate businesses, advertisements, or even your contacts, but these are disguises only. DO NOT click or open these files. Delete these messages immediately. When browsing the Web, avoid opening advertisement links and links on social media sites.

We advise users to take advantage of CrashPlan backup software, or another backup solution of your choice. Drexel and the Office of Information Resources and Technology (IRT) offer the CrashPlan Pro service to professional staff and faculty. Contact accounts@drexel.edu for more information or view the backup page on IRT’s Web site. CrashPlan is also available to students and all personally-owned computers directly from CrashPlan’s Web site at http://www.crashplan.com. Various plan levels are available.

If you suspect your computer has been infected with a virus or ransomware such as cryptolocker, contact IRT immediately at 215-895-2020.