WSMH FOX 66 on Facebook WSMH FOX 66 Twitter WSMH FOX 66 RSS Feed WSMH FOX 66 Mailing List

FOX 66 News at Ten

WSMH FOX 66 :: News - News at Ten - Computer virus demands ransom money
Computer virus demands ransom money

A global computer virus known as "Cryptovirus" has now been detected in some Mid-Michigan homes.

"When I first got the call... I said no way," said Eean Lee, an IT expert at Zimco Technology Solutions in Frankenmuth.

Lee said a customer called him and stated all of her files were encrypted, but he thought she was not properly explaining her problem.

"And then I looked at it and said.... whoa," Lee said.

Lee said the virus commonly spreads by downloading an attachment or clicking on a link inside an email.

Once a computer is infected with the virus, a message pops up on your screen warning you that your files have been encrypted and the only way you can unlock them is a pay a ransom.

"A countdown clock actually appears on your screen," Lee explained.

If you don't pay the ransom of two bitcoins within 72 hours the hackers threaten to delete the files forever.

A bitcoin is an online currency that fluctuates daily. It is currently valued at approximately $290.

The best way to safeguard your computer from this malicious virus is to be cautious of what you are doing online.

"Don't open an email from people you don't know or from businesses you don't do business with," Lee added.

Copyright 2013 WNEM (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

Computer virus demands ransom money

Friday, November 8 2013, 09:28 AM EST

National News Headlines

Chicago Burger King manager says police tampered with footage of teen's death
A Chicago Burger King manager who accuses police of erasing surveillance video in the case of a black teenager shot last year by a white officer said Saturday he testified before a federal grand jury investigating the shooting.

California nuclear reactors face uncertain future
Six years ago, the company that owns California's last operating nuclear power plant announced it would seek an extended lifespan for its aging reactors. Pacific Gas and Electric Co. envisioned Diablo Canyon as a linchpin in the state's green energy future, with its low-carbon electricity illuminating homes to nearly midcentury.

Police officer shot, killed during domestic dispute call; 'manhunt' underway for suspect
A veteran Pennsylvania police officer was killed in the line of duty after being shot and authorities have issued a manhunt to find his killer.

Lynch calls Planned Parenthood shooting crime against women
Attorney General Loretta Lynch called the shooting at a Colorado Planned Parenthood Saturday a crime against women receiving health care services.

Parishioners seek to adopt baby who was left in NYC manger
Some parishioners at a New York City church where a newborn was left in a Christmas manger are interested in adopting the baby boy.

Pennsylvania officer reportedly dies in shooting while responding to domestic incident
A Pennsylvania police officer reportedly died late Saturday in a shooting after the officer was responding to a domestic incident.

Planned Parenthood attack highlights history of violence and also renewed criticism
The fatal shootings at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic are the latest in a long history of violence at clinics that provide abortions and doctors who perform the procedure.

One suspect arrested in New Orleans park shooting
New Orleans police announced Saturday they have arrested one of the suspects wanted in a park shooting that injured at least 17 people Sunday.

Sheriff's deputies rescue newborn found buried near river
Los Angeles County sheriff's officials asked for the public's help Saturday in gaining information about a newborn baby deputies rescued after finding her buried beside a popular Compton bike path.

Authorities release additional images, analysis of Cleveland officer shooting boy
Prosecutors in Ohio on Saturday released a frame-by-frame analysis of the surveillance camera footage first made public a year ago that shows a white Cleveland police officer fatally shooting a black 12-year-old boy who had a pellet gun.

News at Ten Stories

Advertise with us!
IE6 Float Fix