Anti-Child Porn Spam Protection

We’ve told you before about a type of infection called RansomeWare. This is an infection that encrypts your files and demands you pay a ransom in order to get your files back.

Well, a new variant of this has been released. It’s called Anti-Child Porn Spam Protection. This ransomware pretends to be from a legitimate government organization that states that the infected computer is sending out SPAM that contains links to child pornography sites. The ransom program then states that in order protect you, and others, it has encrypted your data using Advanced Encryption. The hackers then require you to send them a Moneypak, PaySafeCard, or Ukash card for values ranging from $500 – 1,000 USD in order to get the password to decrypt your files.

As usual, to avoid getting this and other infections, make sure you have recent, unexpired, up-to-date security software. Be careful surfing websites and be careful opening email.

You don’t want this infection! What’s really different about this variant is that if you get this infection, you have two choices. You can either pay the ransom, or you can wipe your computer clean and reinstall Windows. If you end up wiping your computer, you better have a good backup or you will loose all of your files.

One of the questions we are asked the most is about backing up. Everyone should back up. For most people, the best and easiest way to back up is to use an online backup service like Carbonite (www.carbonite.com). We recommend this type of backup over backing up to an external hard drive or flash drive because it’s automatic and because the backup is stored at a different location from your computer. This type of backup isn’t the cheapest, but it’s not expensive. It’s $60/year.

The fact that this type of backup is automatic is good because we humans forget to backup. With online backup you set it and forget it. The fact that your backup is stored in a seperate location from your computer is good because if your house or business burned down, your backup would be safe because it’s in a seperate location. If you just backed up to an external hard drive, your backup would be destroyed along with your computer. For critical business systems, you should have 2 backups. You should have a local image backup and online backup.

So in a nutshell: make sure you have good, unexpired, up-to-date security software, be careful, and back up your computer.

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