Our River Run Security Team has recently been alerted to a ransomware called Spora.
Spora Ransomware is a file-encrypting ransomware, which will encrypt the personal documents found on victim’s computer, any mapped network drives, and USB drives. Then it displays a message which offers to decrypt the data if a payment in Bitcoins is made. Spora not only encrypts the files, it also creates shortcuts to folders that infect other network users when opened.
"The Spora ransomware is distributed via spam email containing infected attachments or links to malicious websites. Cyber-criminals spam out an email, with forged header information, tricking you into believing that it is from a shipping company like DHL or FedEx. The email tells you that they tried to deliver a package to you, but failed for some reason. Sometimes the emails claim to be notifications of a shipment you have made. Either way, you can’t resist being curious as to what the email is referring to – and open the attached file (or click on a link embedded inside the email). And with that, your computer is infected with the Spora ransomware." www.malwaretips.com
As we continue to find more and more viruses and malware via the internet, here are some general rules to follow:
1.Be aware of the different emails you receive.
2. Do not open attachments or click a link that may not be familiar to you.
3. Hover over the link before clicking to confirm it is the web address you are expecting.
If you suspect your files have been compromised, unplug your computer from the network and shut it off. It is best to try to prevent the virus from spreading further into your files/network. Give us a call as soon as possible. The quicker we are aware of the virus, the quicker we can try to recover the files.