CryptoLocker is a ransomware infection that is growing in reported instances in the USA and Europe. Ransomware is malware that restricts access to infected computers and requires victims to pay a ransom in order to regain full access. CryptoLocker is particularly interesting in that it functions by encrypting victim’s computer files with a combination of very strong encryption algorithms. Once encrypted, victims are provided a window of time in which they can pay the actors to receive the key needed to decrypt their files.
The following preventative measures are recommended to protect your computer from a CryptoLocker infection:
If you believe your computer has been infected with the CryptoLocker virus:
Tulane University’s Information Security Office has been taking steps to reduce the exposure of the University to CryptoLocker. We continue to update our protection and are proactive in blocking CryptoLocker sources. If you suspect you have been infected with CryptoLocker, contact Tulane University’s Network Operation Center Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or (504)862-8888.
Technology Services, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 -- TSNOC: 504-862-8888 -- email@example.com