Annoying Spam eMail

There is a spoofed email going the rounds at the moment, asking fora payment date to be sent to Sue Mockridge, who seems to be the Accounts Administrator at BroakOak Toiletries, for the attached invoice.

There is no such person at BroakOak, their front page currently states this clearly. Also, the address that the spoofed email is being sent from is NOT broadoak's, but it was broad-oak... It's now arriving as if from a lot of various different email addresses

The worse news of all though, is that the "attacked invoice" contains both ZeuS GameOver with the Necurs rootkit which may not mean anything to you or I, BUT the point is that both of these files are malware and should not be opened under any circumstances! Worst still is the fact that if you did open the "invoice" shortly afterwards, Win32/Wigon.PH and CryptoLocker are downloaded!

Cryptolocker is Ransomware and once infected, there is no cure other than risking sending £300 or more to the creators (Not recommended). More details can be found at StopMalvertising.

Both Symantec and McAfee offer guidance to removing the infection, BUT once Cryptlocker has run, yuor files are lost. Everyone seems to agree that the best form of defence is prevention rather than cure.

I still recommend the installation of Foolish IT's Cryptolocker Prevent, it's free for personal use, and if I've already installed it on your machine, there is now an update available on Foolish IT's dedicated page.