This is not a problem created by Amsoft but hitting most computers
*This information does not apply to Amsoft Cloud users
Our customers have recently experienced a rash of viral infections to their computer systems. These infections are happening in offices with strong, up-to-date antivirus applications. Until antivirus apps are able to instantly detect this new strain, users must exercise extreme caution to avoid TOTAL DATA LOSS.
WHAT IT IS
THOR is a particularly insidious viral strain of LOCKY/DRIDEX
WHAT IT DOES
THOR is ransomware. It crawls through your local and networked computers, encrypting data files belonging to MS Office products, all common database products, photos, videos, and others. It infects over 100 file extensions, locking the files so that you cannot access them. The ransom is embedded in the virus, offering the encryption key for .5 bitcoin (about $250 at the time of this writing). Even worse, the vast majority of paid ransoms do not result in file recovery.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
You can prevent data loss associated with this and other disasters in just two steps:
Have a robust backup plan. Daily recurring backups, where at least the last three are stored securely, plus one for every first of the month. One easy way to do this is by using Carbonite on the server ($60/yr).
DO NOT OPEN file attachments from unknown addresses. These viruses are being transmitted through email attachments with subject lines like, “Invoice.”: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/locky-ransomware-information-help#distribution If you are using virus protection, make sure it’s scanning incoming emails.
Jamie Miller, Elegant Engineering
TheElegantWeb.com Tel# 386.383.3823