Gratefully shared from the BBB
In January, a new version of the CryptoWall ransomware - a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid - began circulating after being dormant for several months. When installed, CryptoWall 3.0 encrypts all of your data and then leaves a ransom note.
Once infected, you have three unpleasant options: recover from a recent backup, rebuild your systems and live without the lost data, or pay the $500 ransom to get the decryption tools and key. BBB has received at least one report from a local business that has been affected. Fortunately, this business was extraordinarily well prepared and was back in full operation in just 26 minutes with no loss of data. We would like you to ensure your business is protected as well.
Given the resurgence of this malicious ransomware, here are some tips to ensure your online safety:
This is not so much a warning about ransomware as a reminder about online security and safety. Please take this opportunity to review your patching and backup procedures and evaluate the risk to your data if this particular malware got onto one of your systems. This happened to a local business and they were prepared. We want you to be ready as well.