Crypto Malware Continues to be a Computer Security Threat
UMass Amherst, Smith and Mt. Holyoke are reporting incidents of Windows computers infected with malware that encrypts the hard drive and asks for payment of a ransom before a deadline. There are many variants of this malware generally known as "crypto malware" or "crypto ransomware". CryptoLocker is one variant of it that has been in the news and new variants continue to appear.