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This $100 Malware Kit Lets You Build Your Own CryptoLocker

This $100 Malware Kit Lets You Build Your Own CryptoLocker

If you don’t know what a CryptoLocker is then you should probably brush up on your knowledge of viruses and malware. CryptoLocker is a ransom ware Trojan that essentially gets onto your computer (usually via a hacked site, software you thought was safe, or email attachment). Once downloaded, it proceeds to lock data on your computer down in such a way that it cannot be accessed, even by professionals. The system uses cryptography and each version of the malware creates an individual key that unencrypts the data. Hackers then sell this key to you in exchange for your data via Bitcoin or untraceable prepaid vouchers. As a result, it’s an easy way for hackers to ransom your data, if what’s on your computer is important to you and you don’t have backups, then you have to pay to get the information back.

$100 CopyCat Kit

The only thing that could make a CryptoLocker worse than it already is, is the fact that you can now buy a copycat CryptoLocker Kit for just $100. The kit, known as PowerLocker, features the same ‘unbreakable encryption’, so that small time hackers without the skill to create their own mega-virus can start ripping people off. While it’s not the first malware kit on the market (Zues and SpyEye are both popular as well), it is the most affordable to date, and it offers a very direct stream of revenue. PowerLocker encrypts files using BlowFish with a 2048-bit personal RSA key, which is sent to the users dedicated server or storage, where it can be ransomed. Like CryptoLocker, if you don’t pay the ransom, you won’t get your files. While not hugely concerning to personal computer users who mostly just surf the web or play games, it is a huge concern to anyone who works on their computer, who has copies of all of their family photos on their computer, or who has personal or company information stored there.

Staying Safe

While there is nothing that you can do about the use and quick spread of cheap malware and virus kits, you can try to keep your data safe in case this happens to you. The following include a few safety tips that will help out in case your computer is ransomed.

Keep Backups

A backup drive for your computer costs around $100 for 1-2 terabytes and you can run hourly, daily, weekly, or monthly backups on all of your data. Windows, Linux, and Mac each come with a backup software, but you can find free ones, or get one with your antivirus. Consider daily backups for the best results, or hourly if you work on your computer. If your data is backed up, then all you have to do to fix a ransom is simply restore your computer to factory default or to an earlier time to remove the threat.

Use a Web Scanner

Your antivirus should almost certainly include web and email scanning because the majority of viruses get in via links and attachments found on Facebook, Twitter, and your email. Consider checking your antivirus to make sure that it does scan links, and if not, consider looking for a new one. Some antivirus companies offer basic free web scanners, although paid options tend to be higher quality and better at spotting viruses. It is also a good idea to run a scan on any programs or downloads that you did not get directly from the website.

Use Your Firewall

If you’re not running your firewall then your computer is open to all sorts of fun (for the hackers) stuff. Make sure that you keep it turned on.
While you cannot 100% stay safe by being careful, you can definitely help prevent any issues. Backup copies of important and personal data is always recommended and if nothing else, you shoud consider keepign personal data and mementos such as family photos on a separate flash drive as well as your main drive. That way, if something does happen, to your software, your hardware, or your security, you don’t have to worry about anything.

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