"Cryptolocker" encrypts computer files and demands ransom

A new breed of Malware has recently surfaced, this time instead of typical malware/virus behaviour - "CryptoLocker" encrypts files and demands a ransom of several hundred dollars within a few days in return for the key needed to decrypt those files.

After the deadline expires, the key needed to decrypt your files is reportedly deleted - rendering the encrypted files on your computer inaccessible.

"I don't think anyone in the world could break the encryption," says Gavin O'Gorman, spokesman for internet security firm Symantec. "It has held up for more than 30 years."

Sophos recommends the following actions to help prevent infection.

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