Even if you paid little attention, chances are you have been told not to open any ZIP or PDF attachments or to click on unknown links in emails from an unknown recipients. Even if your curiosity is getting the best of you, remember, that there will be NO good outcome to opening a suspicious or unexpected email. Seriously, you will not inherit or win anything by opening that attachment and if the email seems out-of-place or the slightest bit fishy there is no harm in contacting that person to be sure they sent it.

This is increasingly important now with the latest threat to your computer and network, CryptoWall 2.0.

CryptoWall 2.0 is an updated version of the original CryptoWall ransomware that infects the local and network data by encrypting the files from a downloaded email file. The updated version of Crypto makes it harder to recover the files for free and it now deletes the original data files. So, unless you restore from a backup, your only option is to pay the ransom.

cryptowall 2.0 ransom notice

At this time, there is no way to decrypt your files without paying the ransom.

If you think you opened a bad email, you should immediately do a full computer anti-virus and anti-malware scan. Although most people do not know they are infected until they get the ransom notice, you can at least protect yourself from anything else that installed itself during the Crypto download.

cryptowall ransom

Anyone trying to sell you a decryption key will not work with this version of the ransomware.

 

Prevention is key!

Be sure that everyone in your company is aware of this virus. Being uber careful when opening unexpected emails with attachments is very necessary.

Another prevention method is to take this as a good reminder to backup your computer offline. Having the security to know that your data is safe on a non-networked device is a great precaution. Although this might cause downtime, at least it is not complete loss.

BKS Systems will keep monitoring this threat but is urging everyone to think twice before opening suspicious emails.