A couple days ago, a virus was circulating called “Trojan.Gpcoder.E.” What was significant about this virus was that it always came from a trusted email source and the subject was related to invoicing. Most people are concerned with keeping their bills up-to-date and opened the email, thinking it was legit.
The reason why this virus is so bad is that it literally encrypts all your files. You can get them decrypted for any where from $500usd to $2000usd! Not small potatoes that’s for sure.
What can you do to prevent issues like this from affecting you?
1. Run reliable and reputable virus software. In our case we offer a managed virus solution from Symantec. It notifies us when you have a virus or if your software is not update.
2. Run reliable and reputable spam software. When this virus hit, it only took two hours for Barracuda to figure out the problem and start blocking these emails from coming in. It also allowed us to see whose accounts were sending these emails so we could call and warn them.
3. Backups! Sometimes with virus’ like these that spread so quickly, it’s hard to prevent an infected computer. However, be smart and minimize risk. Ensure you have reliable backups so that you are able to restore data and be back up and running in a few hours.
4. Sometimes being a little skeptical isn’t a bad thing. In the case of this virus, even though you received the email from a trusted person, if the content seems unusual, it’s probably not a good idea to open the attachment.