Digital Artist: Back Up Your Artworks on an unattached external storage now.
This September seems to be the peak epidemic period of Cryptowall Ransomware and all of its numerous variants. CryptoWall is a file-encrypting ransomware program that was released around the end of April 2014 that targets all versions of Windows. When you are first infected with CryptoWall it will scan your computer for data files and "encrypt" them using RSA-2048 encryption so they are no longer able to be opened. There is no known utility to decrypt RSA-2048 encryption without the private key held as ransom by the evil virus writer. Brute force decryption approach would take around 100 years to decrypt a file. Once the infection has encrypted the files on your computer drives it will open a Notepad window that contains instructions on how to access the CryptoWall Decryption Service where you can pay a ransom to purchase a decryption program. The ransom cost starts at $500 USD and after 5 days goes up to $750 with the cost increasing again after another 24 hours to a maximum ransom of $1,500 USD. This ransom must be paid in Bitcoins and sent to a Bitcoin address that changes per infected user. Besides your local hard drives, it attacked all mapped network drives and all external storage devices attached to your computer (flash drive, USB external hard drive, thumd drives, USB sticks... everything You name it). This virus also encrypted files on your Cloud backup such as Dropbox drive or Google drive too. It slips by Anti-virus and anti-trojan software on your pc without any detection (The new CryptoWall samples were not detected by any of the 55 antivirus products used on the VirusTotal website when they were discovered Sunday), so more often than not when You found out about the virus, all your files on all your drives have already been encrypted. Some digital artists have lost all their artworks by not having a reliable unattached incremental back ups or having an unreliable external backup drive which was attached to the pc at the time so the back up was also encrypted. All your personal documents and artworks could be wiped out in around 2 hours. On the average it takes only around 2 hours to encrypt a 2 terabyte drive. Please digital artists, back up all your artworks on a reliable external hard drive and disconnect it from your computer after a successful back up and store it in a safe place. Info about this scary virus Regards, :) DL ( I have just lost all my drawings without backup) :)
He called me and asked me to come ASAP because he said he couldn't access any of his file son dropbox. I went, thinking he had done something stupid. But when I opened his dropbox folder, every subfolder had three files titled "DECRYPT" When I opened the text file, it said that all his files had been encrypted by an RSA-(forgot the number) level encryption and that there was nothing for him to do except send 0.5 bitcoins within a week. If he didn't comply, he would have to send 1 BTC after that. I think the ransomware was called cryptowall and after a couple of hours of searching online, it was evident that if one didn't make backups (he hadn't) it was difficult to get the files back. It's possible to go back to an older version, but we didn't have much luck. But at the end, he went "Fuck this bitcoin nonsense. I hope they ban it." I know this isn't a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but it's a deal to take note of.
Please don't be like me. Create a backup. Don't click suspicious links on the internet. Don't click on shady emails. Save your computer.
I didn't create a backup, I didn't listen to the internet. I clicked on links, I installed too many stuff. And now, what is the result? All my files are "gone", not usable thanks to our great friends, the Hackers! Please all, just make a backup, it doesn't cost too much, and it may save your files one day. All my photos, documents, movies, tv shows anything, gone, hidden behind a key worth 500-1000 dollars. If you do not know what I am talking about, Cryptowall 2.0, the newest ransomware, made to hijack your files, put a crypt/code on them, and order you to send 1.22 bitcoins to the owners of the malware, cause hey, 1 million made in stealing isn't enough right? http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/cryptowall-ransomware-information#prevent
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