Digital Security Update - March 2016 UPDATED
Locky Special Edition (updated 15th March)
Locky on the Rampage...
No, this isn't a post about a monster of the deep in Scotland, although that would be pretty exciting. This is far more sinister.
It's being widely reported across IT security sites that the latest Ransomware out of Russia is highly active, with around 3 million incidents already reported and no sign of it slowing down. At present, Australia hasn't been specifically targeted but it's only a matter of time before this happens.
(UPDATE: 15-03-16. Locky is now being distrubuted in Australia. It's attached to a faked email from Australia Post. Do not open any attachment in emails from Australia Post. Australia Post have stated they will never send an email asking the recipient to open attachments.)
More information can be found here: http://bit.ly/1py5B1M
Fore the more technical, an explanation of how the malware operates can be found here: http://intel.ly/1UTCjXj
Click on the Default Programs option
Click Associate a file type or protocol with a program
Scroll down to the '.js' entry then click the Change Program button. You'll be able to select the 'default' program from a list of programs.
Select Notepad.exe or your favourite text editor. Click the Close button and you're done.