DENVER – A new type of malware called the CryptoLocker is gaining popularity on the Internet because it holds files on your computer ransom.
The malware is spread through phony emails that are designed to look like they are from legitimate business.
Some appear as fake UPS or FedEx tracking notifications.
How CryptoLocker does this is if the hacker’s demands are not met, the computer files get cryptographically locked, making it almost impossible to access them.
A ticking clock showing the time limit makes CryptoLocker more terrifying to the computer owner.
According to KDVR, CryptoLocker is the most dangerous type of malware, commonly called ransomware, to show up in recent months.
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