Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Virus Returns with Devastating Effect

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Virus Returns with Devastating Effect

Article excerpt

Byline: Pam McKay pam.mckay@capnews.com.au

THE INFAMOUS CryptoLocker computer virus is back -- and it's more devastating than before.

Rockhampton computer guru Bruce Kerr says it has already stung dozens of Central Queensland users, and he fears that many more will fall victim to its authentic guise.

Mr Kerr has seen 12 cases since Wednesday and many of his customers have been left in tears after realising they have lost valuable business records or irreplaceable family memories.

He said that in its latest form, the virus masquerades as a New South Wales speeding fine.

It locks users out of their pictures, Word and Excel documents and emails, and they are encouraged to pay a "ransom" equivalent to $600 to have their data retrieved.

Mr Kerr urged users not to pay any money because once the virus had taken hold, it could not be reversed.

"It was really bad when it first surfaced 12 months ago but it is worse now because they are getting smarter with the hoax email," he said. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.