“. . . from October 15 to December 18 users posted $27 million paid to unlock encrypted files…”.
Please be very careful when opening email attachments. DO NOT open any attachments from people you don’t know or if you are not expecting them. Fake resumes are circulating that carry a very destructive Crypto Virus which encrypts your data, spreads to the network, then holds the data hostage until a fee is paid to whomever is unleashing these viruses.
Even when you think you know the sender, make sure the email address is what you expect before opening an attachment, – check the spelling. For example if you know someone named “email@example.com” make sure the attachment you open is not from “firstname.lastname@example.org”.
Also commonly used is “E-mail spoofing” which is the forgery of an e-mail header so that the message appears to have originated from someone or somewhere other than the actual source. Distributors of spam often use spoofing in an attempt to get recipients to open, and possibly even respond to, their solicitations. So even if you see the correct name and email address of a sender:
Don’t click on an email if you weren’t expecting it and, don’t click links in emails from unknown senders.
Please contact our office should you have any questions.