Cryptolocker ransomware forces Vermont chamber of commerce to upgrade

The Cryptolocker ransomware caught another victim when a chamber of commerce in Vermont had to pay $5000 to upgrade PCs and other hardware.

Published Thu, Mar 27 2014 1:53 AM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

The Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce recently suffered a major annoyance after needing to spend $5,000 to upgrade PCs, servers and HDDs that were crippled by the Cryptolocker ransomware.

Cryptolocker ransomware forces Vermont chamber of commerce to upgrade | TweakTown.com

The chamber wanted to pay the ransom but suffered a power failure, losing the connection with the Cryptolocker cybercriminals.

"We had to replace our entire computer system because of it," said Joann Erenhouse, Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce director, in a statement to local media. "Right now we are just about up and running."

Similar to other forms of malware, users are the first line of defense, but tend to be too fast to read emails and open attachments from unknown sources.

Cryptolocker is an especially tricky piece of ransomware, with infected users typically forced to pay the ransom - or restore from what hopefully was a recent backup. Almost 40 percent of affected companies choose to pay the ransom, which is typically pay $500-$750 - or face having files permanently encrypted.

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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