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CryptoWall ransom Trojan has infected 625,000 systems, says Dell SecureWorks

John E. Dunn | Sept. 1, 2014
Holds hostage a staggering 5.25 billion files.

But before digesting that apparently good news, it's worth also considering the incredible effort that was required to disrupt CryptoWall's iconic predecessor, CryptoLocker. That took numerous agencies and security firms and months of work by which time its victims were at least $3 million lighter.

In the UK, Dell SecureWorks' number reveal that CryptoWall has infected at least 40,000 systems, the majority of whose owners won't have reported this to UK police. This repeats the dismal pattern of CryptoLocker, a threat that was ignored for the longest time. In this game of cops and robbers the cops aren't just behind the robbers' getaway car but miles away in bed.


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