Sunday, March 22, 2009

Holding Your Documents for Ransom

Well we've talked several times over the recent past of the evolution of the rogue anti-virus malware that has been working like a charm. It basically is malware that says your PC has malware and you need to buy their product to clean them. Well those behind these types of attacks have now started a nasty twist. It isn't the first time. This has been done in the past.

They take all your documents in the "My Documents" folder (default doc folder for Windows) and encrypts the files. And for a fee, say $50 they will let you have your documents back. Pretty nasty trick I'd say.

Some of the things we've talked about in the past to combat these is to keep your applications such as your Windows updates current as well as RealPlayer, WinZip, WinAmp, QuickTime, Adobe Reader and Flash, as well as iTunes. Keeping these up to date will not allow the criminal attacker the ability to run code remotely on your PC. Check back on some of my previous posts that help you keep you PC humming along.

Posting this on Sunday and my KU Jayhawks rolled into the Sweet 16 in this year's March Madness tourney. Good luck next weekend guys and lets keep it rolling! ROCK CHALK JAYHAWK!!!

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