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CryptoWall 2.0

A new version of the CryptoWall ransomware has been released, titled CryptoWall 2.0, that includes numerous “enhancements” by the malware developer, to resolve issues in the previous version.  Since it was first released, CryptoWall has been a huge threat for computer users and network administrators, as it will encrypt all local data, as well as all data found on network shares. […]

Cybercriminals Stopped

Cybercrime centers around the world cooperated to stop the ring of criminals responsible for multiple scams in recent years.  To get an idea of the magnitude of the operation: the US Justice Department, the UK National Crime Agency, the European Cybercrime Centre and agencies in Australia, Canada, France, Japan, New Zealand, Ukraine, Germany and Italy […]

What is CryptoWall?

CryptoWall is a file-encrypting ransomware program, released this past April,that targets all versions of Windows including Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8. This program is very similar to the CryptoDefense ransomware, in that CryptoWall’s decryption service is almost identical to the one for CryptoDefense. When you are first infected with CryptoWall, it […]

Grateful for the progress on BASIC’s birthday

HELLO BASIC READY RUN On May 1, 1964, in the wee hours of the morning, a professor at Dartmouth College and his student were sitting side by side in a basement, on campus. They both typed RUN on their terminals (read: monitors) and got correct answers to their simple programs … and time-sharing and BASIC […]

Ransomware plus anonymity = a ruthless combination

CryptoDefense, and its predecessor CryptoLocker, are toxic new names in ransomware. They have only been around since September 2013; few expected them to still be operational, but the numbers are alarming. According to one university survey, 1 in 30 users have been infected, and 40% of those paid the ransom. Here’s how it works: once […]

WARNING: Defend Yourself from CRYPTODEFENSE

Well, here we go again … the latest Ransomware virus is out. It is called CryptoDefense, and is yet another virus that encrypts your documents (including pictures, music, Quickbooks files, etc.) and holds them hostage. The virus itself is not difficult to get rid of; most malware scanners and anti-virus programs can detect and remove […]