TeslaCrypt 3.0.1 Ransomware is Here and It’s Nasty!

TeslaCrypt 3.0.1 is a nasty new version that is typically spread through email phishing scams, posing as USPS and more recently by clicking ads on popular websites created with WordPress or Joomla.

If your business was created on either of these platforms, it is critical you update to the latest version of the content management system now.

How TeslaCrypt 3.0.1 Spreads

According to Cisco security researches, all ransomware, (specifically TeslaCrypt 3.0.1 ransomware) has become the black plague of the internet.

Over the last few years, we have seen Cryptolocker, CryptoWall 2.0, and CryptoWall 4.0 and unfortunately, this ransomware presents the most advanced cyber security threat yet.

Although ransomware has been around for more than a decade, we’re seeing it strike more and more consumers and businesses.

Previous versions of TeslaCrypt presented an opportunity for researchers to create tools that allowed people to decrypt their files without paying a ransom, but that weakness is now closed.

TeslaCrypt 3.0.1 Ransomware Virus Removal

There is currently no workaround for this version of the ransomware.

Today, ransomware schemes have become one of the most common types of malware on the internet.

When your computer is infected with ransomware, your files are encrypted and you are presented with instructions to pay the cybercriminals (typically around $500) to get the decryption key and ultimately your files back.

Under no condition, do we suggest paying the fee, as this might open you up to further risks.

Warning: Antivirus Programs Can’t Detect Ransomware

Ransomware can slip past Antivirus programs, due to minor tweaks in the code that help it avoid security scans.

For now, backing up your files is absolutely the best defense, but just last month, the FBI warned that cyber criminals are increasingly aiming “to infect whole networks with ransomware and use persistent access to locate and delete network backups”.

This is why now, more than ever, it is critical that you have several backup measures in place along with a solid disaster recovery plan.

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