I advise everyone to watch what they are downloading keep your programs up to date and also make sure your sercurity is up to date and checking each day!
[Edited by Toki, 6/8/2014 2:53:00 AM]
Here's some entertaining literature to give you an idea of the true destructive power of Cryptolocker
Oh yeah before I forget. They key word to defense here is backups. Do these regularly. They are a formidable tool against randsomware as you cannot be held for extortion when your data is safe. Assuming your protections, no matter how hardened they are, will save you 100% of the time is a very bad assumption to make.
[Edited by Neo7, 6/8/2014 2:33:17 AM]
The private key the malware generates will be stored on the attacker's database and will generate the extortion screen demanding payment for them to release the private key (along with a tool) for you to decrypt everything back to the way it was (allegedly this decryption they give back actually does work which is good for the attacker as it does establish some trust in that they keep their word after payment and allow for others to cave in more easily).
In short, there's really no reason to not take a nuke from orbit approach in removing this malware. If you did not backup your data, it's effectively gone if you don't pay up the ransom. This does get rid of the malware but at a considerable amount of collateral damage (or lot of time wasted if you do have a backup).
[Edited by Neo7, 6/8/2014 2:48:36 AM]
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