Small firms warned about mass malware campaign

Posted on 15 Jan 2014 in Business, News

Small firms warned about mass malware campaign

The National Crime Agency’s (NCA’s) National Cyber Crime Unit (NCCU) has issued a warning about a new mass e-mail malware campaign. The e-mails, which are specifically targeted at smaller firms and consumers, appear to be from financial institutions, but carry a malicious attachment that encrypts files on the infected computer and any local network it is attached to. A £500 ransom demand in bitcoins is then made to unlock the files. The NCCU is urging firms not to open any suspicious-looking attachments, regularly back up files to a location off the network and update antivirus software. Anyone whose device is infected by this malware should report it via ActionFraud.

http://www.computerweekly.com/news/2240209198/UK-police-warn-of-malware-campaign-targeting-mainly-SMEs

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