Security Update

Security update

Over the last 48 hours, StoneHouse Logic has noticed an increase of ‘Ransomware’ being sent to customers. The surge is being blamed on the group behind a novel strain of ransomware called Locky.

Ransomware is a type of malware that restricts access to the infected computer system in some way and demands that the user pays a ransom to the malware operators to remove the restriction. Some forms of ransomware systematically encrypt files on the system’s hard drive, which become difficult or impossible to decrypt without paying the ransom for the encryption key.

Recommended Actions

  • Don’t open attachments from unfamiliar senders or if you suspect the email is fraudulent.
  • Ensure all files are regularly backed up – so that they can be restored if they are encrypted by ransomware.
  • Keep backups of data in locations inaccessible to the infected computer — the malware may encrypt, for example, a USB backup if it is connected to the computer.

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