Caution! Crypto-Malware attack in Greece


The Electronic Crime Prosecution Directorate informs citizens about malware, "Crypto-Malware»

Malicious software locks - encrypts digital files and data stored on the user's computer

It spreads mainly through "infected" emails and aims to pay money as a "ransom" in BITCOIN digital currency, in order to unlock - decrypt digital files. Crypto-Malware Crypto-Malware Crypto-Malware

The Greek Police's Electronic Crime Prosecution Directorate informs citizens that the last five days are in the explosion of malicious software, «Crypto-Malware», which spreads - is transmitted mainly through "infected" emails, but also through "insecure" websites.

Malware aims to ransom money in order to unlock - decrypt digital files and data stored on the computer of the user infected with the virus, while it can affect all versions of the operating system Windows.

In particular, after installation on the operating system, this malware, using an advanced encryption system, encrypts - locks all digital files and data (various types of files) stored on the computer of the user infected with the virus , while in order to unlock its files, a sum of money must be paid in BITCOIN digital currency, while otherwise they become inaccessible by their user.

Users are urged to be particularly careful and take digital security and security measures to prevent malicious software from being compromised.

Specifically:

  • citizens who receive emails from unknown senders or unknown sources are requested not to open the links and not download the attachments contained therein for which they are not sure about the sender and the contents of the attachment file.
  • to enter URLs in the browser instead of using hyperlinks,
  • to use genuine software programs and to update them, and there must always be an up-to-date protection program (antivirus) on the computer,
  • to check and keep up-to-date the version of their operating system and
  • to back up their backup files to external storage on a daily basis, so that in case of "malware" malicious software can be restored to their files.

It is recalled that for similar incidents, citizens can contact the Electronic Crime Prosecutor's Office at the following contact details:

  • By phone at 111 88
  • Sending e-mail to ccu@cybercrimeunit.gov.gr
  • Through the application for smartphones with ios-android operating system: CYBERKID

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