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Warning of new ransomware virus targeting business

As always, if you don't know the sender, don't open the email.

Nathan Smith
Fri, 29 Apr 2016

A new ransomware virus has emerged targeting business computers, reinforcing the danger posed by cyber criminals.

The virus reportedly gains access to a computer through a malicious email (see image below). The content of the email is also shown below and it is targeted with the customer name in the subject line. Unlike some viruses, there is no attachment in the message. Rather it asks the user to click a red icon: "Get shipping label."

However, after clicking the link, a ransomware virus (encryption lock) is directly installed that will encrypt a network’s data and stop the infected computers from working. It also will encrypt any folders it can access (network shares, Dropbox, external hard drive, USB flash drive, etc).

Flagged by IT company Naki Cloud, the warning also reports there are usually variants on the same theme of ransomware, rather than just the single type displayed below.

“As a basic rule of thumb, we recommend you do not open any emails that you are not expecting. If you think it may be suspicious, delete it and ignore it. If it is important, the sending party will contact you.”

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Nathan Smith
Fri, 29 Apr 2016
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