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Beware of infected emails carrying Cryptolocker ransomware

Be very careful not to open any emails with suspect attachments!If you do not recognize the sender or are not certain of the content of an attachment, either delete the email and attachment have your IT department check it for you.
Ransomwareis a malware that encrypts your files and the coder, malware writer or hacker, then requests a ransom to have your files decrypted. Once your are infected or your files have been affected, you would have to pay a ransom of US$300 or 300 EUR to have it decrypted. There is no way to reverse this process unless the ransom is paid. We have heard of organisations (schools especially) that have had to pay up to $5000 to decrypt their files. Although the malware can be removed (by means of anti-malware software such as Trendmicro Titanium), your files will remain encrypted unless you pay for the decryption key. Files will show up as "Corrupted file" or "Unable to open - File is Corrupted", because it has been encrypted.The malware is …