Cryptolocker Scrambles 8 Years of Data Belonging to US Town Hall

The Cryptolocker ransom Trojan has claimed another victim in small-town America, scrambling eight years-worth of files held by a New Hampshire town authority. Some are believed to be irretrievable.

According to local press, the notorious malware found its way into the network of Greenland town hall on 26 December after an employee opened an attachment that had arrived in an email purporting to be from AT&T.

Town administrator Karen Anderson learned of the infection on 30 December, by which time Cryptolocker’s ransom deadline had expired, taking with it Microsoft Word and Excel files going back most of a decade.

“The results have left us with documents that are no longer readable. I’ve lost eight years-worth of my work,” Anderson was quoted as saying by Seacoast Online.

Many of the files had been recovered from backups, including some that had been stored in paper form in a safe. Files lost forever included forms, requests for proposals, business bids, and some miscellaneous data on costs.

via Computerworld Malaysia – Cryptolocker scrambles eight years of data belonging to US town hall.

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