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NCA claims UK has just two weeks to prepare for Cryptolocker onslaught

Britain's National Crime Agency has warned users have just two weeks to prepare for a joint GoZeus and Cryptolocker assault
| Hacking & Security News | Posted: Jun 3, 2014 1:39 am

Britain's National Crime Agency has taken the unusual step of posting an "urgent alert" for UK netizens - claiming they have "two weeks" to protect against an impending surge of botnet activity, by way of the GoZeuS and Cryptolocker malware.

 

Through Get Safe Online - the official British web safety group - the organization warned in conjunction with American authorities that this upcoming onslaught is part of "one of the largest industry and law enforcement collaborations attempted to date".

 

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It's thought that pretty much everyone running any kind of Windows OS is at risk. According to the NCA, GoZeuS - AKA Gameover ZeuS - has already pocketed hundreds of millions the world over. What's next is a massive worldwide lockdown using CryptoLocker as ransomware. In fact, according to a recent study, as many as 40 percent of those hit by the ransomware pay the fee.

 

Despite all the doomsday sooth-saying, there's not quite reason to panic just yet. And actually, these kind of widely pervasive threats can be a boon for IT security - as they provide the rare incentive for backing up important files and keeping antivirus software up to date - which is basically a good habit to get into anyway, at a minimum.

NEWS SOURCES:Huffingtonpost.co.uk

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