Swansea Police Victim of CryptoLocker Ransomware

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Swansea Police Department was recently hit by a computer virus that encrypt files and then demand a ransom to decrypt those files.They agreed to pay $750 in Bitcoins to have several images and word documents decrypted.
The Police Dept was hit on November 6 and a countdown clock appeared on a computer screen showing how much time were left for them to buy the decryption key before all the files were deleted.They decrypted the files on November 10.
Swansea Police Lt. Gregory Ryan said, “(The virus) is so complicated and successful that you have to buy these Bitcoins, which we had never heard of,”.

What is CryptoLocker Ransomware?
This is a new Windows ransomware that encrypts files on infected computers. The ransomware is distributed via spam campaigns. The ransomware keeps the files encrypted until the user pay $300 for the decryption tool.
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