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.

Watch out for the latest in ransomware - it encrypts files and demands money to decrpyt

Other colleges and some corporations are reporting incidents of Windows computers infected with a new type of ransomware called variously Cryptlocker, Filecoder, Crolock.A or Trojan:Win32/Crilock.A. You get this ransomware on your Windows computer by opening an email attachment that contains the program. Typically the email accompanying the attachment refers to your complaint, consumer complaint, or customer complaint. The attachment may be labeled or described in the email as containing details of the complaint resolution and/or as having compensation or refund information.