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Message 1432931 - Posted: 25 Oct 2013, 0:09:18 UTC

I don't usually spread panicky virus warnings, but this one sounds legitimate and scary.

http://snopes.com/computer/virus/cryptolocker.asp

(I'll post it in NC too, but not everyone who reads here also reads there.)

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Message 1432936 - Posted: 25 Oct 2013, 0:12:28 UTC - in response to Message 1432931.

I don't usually spread panicky virus warnings, but this one sounds legitimate and scary.

http://snopes.com/computer/virus/cryptolocker.asp

(I'll post it in NC too, but not everyone who reads here also reads there.)


Yikes, had the blue screen of death, last night. )

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Message 1432938 - Posted: 25 Oct 2013, 0:16:10 UTC
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I'm not worried, but I'm used to dealing with such foolish attempts on My system...
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Message 1432944 - Posted: 25 Oct 2013, 0:27:03 UTC

Me neither. Who would open a FedEx or what ever notification, if you didn't order anything.
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Message 1432948 - Posted: 25 Oct 2013, 0:33:34 UTC - in response to Message 1432944.

Me neither. Who would open a FedEx or what ever notification, if you didn't order anything.

How true, but as PT Barnum is reputed to have said: There's a sucker born every second.
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Message 1432979 - Posted: 25 Oct 2013, 1:47:24 UTC - in response to Message 1432948.

It's generally believed that PT Barnum in fact did not say that.

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Message 1432981 - Posted: 25 Oct 2013, 1:51:44 UTC - in response to Message 1432979.

I said 'reputed', I never said He said that...
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Message 1433002 - Posted: 25 Oct 2013, 3:13:11 UTC - in response to Message 1432981.

When you say "repute", it means "rumored" or "alleged". Use whatever synonym you wish, I was just letting you know that the allegations are likely false.

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Message 1433005 - Posted: 25 Oct 2013, 3:19:28 UTC - in response to Message 1433002.

I already knew that it could be false, that's why I said what I said.
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Message 1433078 - Posted: 25 Oct 2013, 7:40:18 UTC

A friend who I do occasional work for runs a small IT business.

One of his customers got this via an email, it looked like emails they do get.

When your accounts department gets hundreds of e-mails a day it can and did slip through.

It proceeded to encrypt EVERY document on every share this machine had access to. Which was a lot.

They were not recoverable. Of course my friend had instituted a back up system and nothing was lost but it took a while to find the machine and then clear it before the backup was restored.

Moral always have a SEPARATE backup.
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Message 1433100 - Posted: 25 Oct 2013, 8:36:50 UTC

And keep the backup off site as well. If your office burns down, no backup.

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Message 1433106 - Posted: 25 Oct 2013, 8:56:42 UTC - in response to Message 1433100.

And keep the backup off site as well. If your office burns down, no backup.




^^ This.
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Message 1433143 - Posted: 25 Oct 2013, 11:46:50 UTC

Thanx David:)
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Message 1433242 - Posted: 25 Oct 2013, 15:14:42 UTC

Ooh, now that is a cruel trick!
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Message 1433310 - Posted: 25 Oct 2013, 16:25:53 UTC

For extra safety, move your "my documents" folder to a separate drive. I have mine that way and also that drive is in a caddy where the key to lock it in also allows it to power up.

When not in use and surfing, it's powered down. System gets hijacked recover via WHS. job done.
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Message 1441789 - Posted: 13 Nov 2013, 1:11:57 UTC - in response to Message 1432931.

I don't usually spread panicky virus warnings, but this one sounds legitimate and scary.

http://snopes.com/computer/virus/cryptolocker.asp

(I'll post it in NC too, but not everyone who reads here also reads there.)

The company I work for was a victim. Apparently, it got sent to someone at the company with the heading, "You have a New Voicemail from <someone they knew>".
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Message 1441806 - Posted: 13 Nov 2013, 2:25:10 UTC - in response to Message 1441789.

I don't usually spread panicky virus warnings, but this one sounds legitimate and scary.

http://snopes.com/computer/virus/cryptolocker.asp

(I'll post it in NC too, but not everyone who reads here also reads there.)

The company I work for was a victim. Apparently, it got sent to someone at the company with the heading, "You have a New Voicemail from <someone they knew>".

Oh great. Our voice mail goes to email too. I personally listen to it on the phone, but most of our people listen to the email attachment.

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