CryptXXX Ransomware – scary stuff

I’m always watching the boards and blogs for news about new security threats. Today, I read about CryptXXX and it is really scary. This ransomeware is transmitted by drive-by-download but look for phishing scams soon.

Here are the highlights: CryptXXX infects your computer, steals information (potentially BitCoins too), and starts doing industrial strength encryption of your local files AND mounted network shares.


  1. Have backups and don’t keep them mounted all the time. It would suck to have both your machine and the backups encrypted by ransomware.
  2. Keep everything patched. Disable Flash if you can stand it.
  3. Use an ad blocker to prevent infection from Malvertisting.

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