Alerting all Businesses
Alerting all Businesses – Businesses need to be on the alert, as the latest round of ransomware emails are posing as unsolicited job applicants. These emails contain an attachment, which is supposedly a resume, but is in fact CryptoWall 3.0 ransomware, encrypting files, and demands money in order to regain access to your files.
These resumes are being sent from a variety of email addresses, some of which include: dustywarner[at]csi.com, MargaritoEverett[at]ebparks.org and SantiagoHenson[at]tom.com.
What to look out for: The subject section of the scam email is usually ‘[first and last name of the purported sender] – My resume’. The body of the email usually consists of the following ‘Hi, my name is [first and last names of purported sender]. I am herewith submitting my Resume under attachment for your perusal. Thank you, [first name of purported sender here]. Attachment: [first and last names of purported sender] – My Resume.zip’.
If you receive this email Do not click on this attachment!
How will you know if your computer has been encrypted? If you open the attachment, the program, Cryptowall 3.0, will attempt to gain access to your computer. Once this occurs, a message will be displayed informing you that your files have been encrypted, and that you will need to pay a ransom in order to regain access. Furthermore, the message may display a link to a different website for payment.
In cases of ransomware, one way to regain access to your files, is to regularly complete a backup to a separate hard-drive. It is important to ensure this hard-drive is only connected to your computer when backing up, and then stored separately. This will enable you to restore your files, after your computer is free from infection.
You must remember criminals have done this to your computer and even though you may pay the ransom it doesn’t mean criminals will provide you with the key code to decrypt your computer. Also, if they do encrypt your computer, what is stopping them from targeting you again? It is important to keep up to date with the latest protection on your computer to help prevent becoming a victim to these thugs.
Tips on how to keep your computer safe
– Make sure you use strong and unique passwords
– Do regular full scans on your computer
– Ensure your spam filter is active when opening emails, and be weary of opening attachments
– Use credible security products and make sure they are constantly up-to-date and switched on at all times
– Back up all your data and make sure you have a backup of all your files on a USB or external hard drive
– Ensure you security software can identify and block ransomware and make sure it is always on and up-to-date
If you believe you have become a victim of a scam or have any questions or quires visit http://www.idcare.org/ or contact us on 1300 432 273.