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Latest Malware: CryptoLocker - Protecting Your Business

Coastal Computer - Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Lately, the news has featured reports of the recent malware variant CryptoLocker, which is a particular type of malware known as ransomware.



Ransomware hijacks your computer and asks you to pay for access to it again. You should never provide your credit card or payment information to one of these phony programs.

The most publicized attack recently was a hospital in LA which was featured on Fox and NBC and was originally reported by an NBC affiliate in Los Angeles. Some Coastal clients have been hit by malware variants of CryptoLocker too.

We’ve been telling our clients that cybercrime is no longer a concern only for big business. Small businesses and enterprises are now the largest target for cybercrime attacks including malware and ransomware.

We recommend all of our clients download and read our White Paper:

Protecting Your Business from Hacking and Phishing

It’s a straightforward guide that can help you train yourself and your staff on best practices in keeping your computers and networks safe. 

We also strongly recommend all small businesses take the threat of cybercrime seriously. The complex nature of the exploits used means that cybercriminals are sometimes a step ahead of the anti-virus makers.

At Coastal Computer Consulting we’re researching the latest tools to prevent future attacks and protect our clients from attacks that even major anti-virus companies can’t keep up with.

However, the most important step to take for keeping your computers and networks safe is to follow the best practices in the White Paper. Being more aware of the types of exploits and how to compute more safely puts you a step ahead.

You can also find more information to protect your business in the other articles on our blog, including when to encrypt files and more.

If you have any questions or concerns about CryptoLocker or any other malware, feel free to call us at 912.634.1961 or stop by our office.