We are past the one-year mark since the introduction of the incredibly successful CryptoLocker virus. In the 4th quarter of 2013, over 41,000 bitcoins passed through CryptoLocker accounts (about 27 million USD), and who could ever know the dollar amount of all the damage that was done to those who refused to pay the ransom?
Although the CryptoLocker botnet and its operators were finally shut down in June 2014, and even though a public decryption service exists for the victims to get their files recovered, new viruses have only improved on CryptoLocker’s techniques and continue to be successful in late 2014, both at encrypting data on personal and business computers, and also at extorting ransom payments.
BACKUP BACKUP BACKUP BACKUP AND THEN BACKUP SOME MORE.
THE ONLY WAY TO PROTECT YOURSELF IS RESTORING YOUR FILES FROM A BACKUP. OTHERWISE YOU ARE GOING TO PAY.