DON’T OPEN: Bruce Kerr has received many calls over the years about scams, but said the latest one is spreading rapidly.
DON’T OPEN: Bruce Kerr has received many calls over the years about scams, but said the latest one is spreading rapidly. Allan Reinikka

Don’t add downloading a virus to your own resume

IS IT not enough to have cyclones, plane crashes and global financial crises around the planet without also having to contend with large-scale hacking groups writing disruptive viruses?

Last year we reported on the infamous Cryptolocker virus and the damage it can inflict on large companies through to individuals. Now it is back again with vigour.

The way it propagates is through the email system as an attachment to your email that is goading us to open it.

Most often lately it is as an attachment titled "My Resume", however it can also pretend to be a "fax" or "non-delivery report" or any other suggestive title.

The virus contained in these attachments is currently getting past anti-virus software and rapidly spreading throughout a PC or laptop, as well as getting into network folders and encrypting the files contained within these locations.

The virus encrypts word documents, Excel spreadsheets, PDF documents, photo files and even many popular accounting files, such as MYOB and QuickBooks. It renders these files unusable and asks the computer user to pay money for a tool to "unlock" the files.

If you do pay money this only adds further to your loss; it will never result in getting your files back.

The only fix is to do a system restore or a reformat of your system and get all of your data back from the back-up that you hopefully recently did.

Do not open email attachments if you do not already know what the attachment is about.


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