As you may have discovered from experiencing this yourself or heard all the related news, there is severe malware roaming the internet at the moment which utilizes “Social Engineering Attack” in order to run a malicious code. The aim of this code is to encrypt all of the files and folders that the infected machine has access to and force the victim to pay money to receive the decrypt code to obtain access to the data once again.
CryptoLocker – Where it all began
CryptoLocker is a ransomware Trojan which specifically targets Microsoft Windows based Operating Systems. It has said to have created and posted to the internet on the 5th September 2013. CryptoLocker utilizes the inbuilt file encryption mechanism that comes with all versions of Windows since XP and sets all files both local and network access (via a network drive from a server) to encrypted.