I need help - CryptoWall virus infected my client's law firm. I need some bitcoins...
I need to pay these "cyber-terrorists" with bitcoins. I need to send 0.82 bitcoins in less than 34 minutes or else it doubles to 1.64 bitcoins. I've been screwing around with this for over 24 hours. Where on earth can I buy some bitcoins using my credit card? I tried Coin Mama and WU/MG are declining all three cards. We contacted the banks and they are dumbfounded. I tried Coin.mx and there's a $250 limit. I tried VirWox and there's a $78 limit. I'd buy them from a bunch of places if I knew I could get it all to add up to 0.82 bitcoins in time. I would appreciate ANY help, guidance, hand holding, or even light extortion at this point. :( EDIT: To clarify, this is a NEW client. They called me AFTER getting the virus. I always teach my clients safe backup habits, but I can't time travel. This is why I am trying to help them pay the fee to get their files unlocked. I've never had to go this far because I've never had a company call me out of the blue with this situation yet.
Today at work I encountered a computer with a variant of the "Cryptowall" virus. Basically, it takes the common files on your computer (jpegs, .doc, pdf and similar), encrypts them and then holds them hostage until you pay the ransom. The instructions mentioned the TOR browser and online it's often said they want the payment in bitcoin. I'm not a proper IT technician so I couldn't do much for the poor guy who just lost many valuable files but the more I read about it, I felt it was an equal part scary and brilliant. It also struck me as very cyberpunk, hence why I'm posting it here. The very idea of locking down somebody else's files, with only you having the key, and then proceeding to make them pay a big sum of money to get their stuff back just felt so incredibly high tech, low life to me.
I show up to one of my client's offices today, and I'm greeted by a torrent of "Mother fuckers, cocksuckers, stupid pricks etc..". So right away I'm thinking what a fun day this is going to be. After getting settled in and the owner calmed down a bit, I was able to find out what was going on. Turns out, he had a cryptowall placed on his computer, demanding something called "Bitcoin." I could hardly contain myself... I proceeded to sympathize with him. I told him about how it was the favored currency of kiddie fuckers, degenerate gamblers, terrorist, and "investors" world wide. Needless to say he was skeptical of such great fundamentals, but after doing his research he came around. I informed him that since bitcoin had lost 70% of its "value" the neckbeards needed another way to scam money from people and so they invented a computer virus. Turns out his IT deptartment had backups and just did a fresh install, wasted tons of time, but at least he didn't have to pay. 10/10 this business owner will suck federal reserve cock until the day he dies. So everyone make sure you support this business.
Digital Artist: Back Up Your Artworks on an unattached external storage now.
This September seems to be the peak epidemic period of Cryptowall Ransomware and all of its numerous variants. CryptoWall is a file-encrypting ransomware program that was released around the end of April 2014 that targets all versions of Windows. When you are first infected with CryptoWall it will scan your computer for data files and "encrypt" them using RSA-2048 encryption so they are no longer able to be opened. There is no known utility to decrypt RSA-2048 encryption without the private key held as ransom by the evil virus writer. Brute force decryption approach would take around 100 years to decrypt a file. Once the infection has encrypted the files on your computer drives it will open a Notepad window that contains instructions on how to access the CryptoWall Decryption Service where you can pay a ransom to purchase a decryption program. The ransom cost starts at $500 USD and after 5 days goes up to $750 with the cost increasing again after another 24 hours to a maximum ransom of $1,500 USD. This ransom must be paid in Bitcoins and sent to a Bitcoin address that changes per infected user. Besides your local hard drives, it attacked all mapped network drives and all external storage devices attached to your computer (flash drive, USB external hard drive, thumd drives, USB sticks... everything You name it). This virus also encrypted files on your Cloud backup such as Dropbox drive or Google drive too. It slips by Anti-virus and anti-trojan software on your pc without any detection (The new CryptoWall samples were not detected by any of the 55 antivirus products used on the VirusTotal website when they were discovered Sunday), so more often than not when You found out about the virus, all your files on all your drives have already been encrypted. Some digital artists have lost all their artworks by not having a reliable unattached incremental back ups or having an unreliable external backup drive which was attached to the pc at the time so the back up was also encrypted. All your personal documents and artworks could be wiped out in around 2 hours. On the average it takes only around 2 hours to encrypt a 2 terabyte drive. Please digital artists, back up all your artworks on a reliable external hard drive and disconnect it from your computer after a successful back up and store it in a safe place. Info about this scary virus Regards, :) DL ( I have just lost all my drawings without backup) :)
I apologize if we are skipping some rules for the sub but we are at work and we have had the cryptowall virus. We are going to pay the ransom - yes we know the risks, sadly it's where we are with this thing. None of us have used bitcoin and we have set up probably 10 accounts by now but have yet to be able to simply purchase any using a card. Either the verifcation takes days or simply cards are not an option. If someone (with a good rep) would like to sell us some we will gladly pay including some fee that an exchange would have charged. Thanks! If someone can decrypt these files we would simply just pay you.
Hey guys! Unfortunately, I write you with bad news and in hopes for a quick solution... A guy at work picked up the cryptowall virus and he needs to pay the ransom by Saturday. I want to help him out and make sure that he gets his files without getting ripped off. I have been to coinbase and found that it could take up to a week to get approved to start buying bitcoins and receive them in my wallet. I am looking at coin cafe right now and it looks like I can go to a Bank of America and just pay them... So the solution I'm really looking for here is a way to buy about $500 of bitcoins (1.56BTC) the fastast way possible. (I dont live in New York) I would much appreciate any helpful suggestions, personal experiences or insight on coin cafe or other bitcoin sellers. Thank you so much! EDIT: I paid the bastards! I used circle. But note, they only allow you to withdraw $500 a week and that put me just shy of what I needed to send to get the decryption software. So luckily I had some bitcoins in another wallet I could make up the difference.
How to buy BTC quick, grandma's computer has ransomware and don't want her to lose her photos
My grandmother has no backups of her files and thousands of pictures on her computer all encrypted thanks to the CryptoWall virus. From what I've found our only option to possibly get things back is to pay the $500 random, but i also need to pay within 22 hours or it doubles to $1000. I don't want to support this crap, but i also don't want my grandmother to lose all of her photos and documents. Is there a way to purchase btc without waiting several days to link a bank account? I'm new to bitcoin, but ive been googling around with no luck. Edit: Thanks for the replies. I tried coinbase.com which had an instant verification option involving many stages of verification, including generating a bank access code (like you'd use to allow finance software to pull transaction data via the banks API). And after going through all of that I realized buying was limited to $100 until 4 days pass. Luckily, I managed to get in touch with a friend who is able to lend me the BTC I need, so here goes nothing...
I had a client today, his computer was infected by the cryptowall virus. The data also on the external backup harddisk was affected, so to pay the randsome was the smaller evil. The only payment option was Bitcoin, if I wouldn't have beein into Bitcoin they could have never gained access to the files, would have failed clients invoicing and probably would have closed their doors since its only a small busines. The Process to download Tor, and copy the address from the infected to a noninfected PC and then wait for 3 confirmations took another 30 minutes. After the payment a decryption program was presented and the decryptor worked and we gained access to the Files.
Yesterday I had one of my most memorable experiences in bitcoin yet. I am a regular localbitcoins trader & unfortunately I got yet another call from someone who had been hit with the cryptowall virus. I get a few of these a month. This time it was a business, and the owner was understandably frantic. He knew little about bitcoin & I explained that I would be happy to come to his shop & walk him through it. It was obvious from the start that being introduced to bitcoin this way gave him a negative impression. This is the point where I always try to minimize the damage & I let him know that I always cut my fees in half for anyone needing bitcoin for ransomware, as he didn't choose to buy bitcoin but was forced if he wanted his workstation Unencrypted. I try to explain, if they'll hear me, that it's unfortunate that they discovered bitcoin this way but that bitcoin is also used for so many other good things & my discount is intended to extend the good will that I so often see & like to perpetuate in the bitcoin community. Amazingly, he was intrigued & I could see his attitude start to shift as he asked questions. By the end, he was asking me if I would come in on another day to help him accept bitcoin on his website!! He offered to pay me & I told him that getting set up with BitPay or Coinbase was so simple that I would not charge him to help. I just asked that he consider allowing me to buy the bitcoins he received at the same rate BitPay would convert his bitcoin sales for, as I'm always looking for continuous supply. I left him my card & left with one of the best feelings I've had since getting involved in bitcoin. Never underestimate the power of good will!
Please don't be like me. Create a backup. Don't click suspicious links on the internet. Don't click on shady emails. Save your computer.
I didn't create a backup, I didn't listen to the internet. I clicked on links, I installed too many stuff. And now, what is the result? All my files are "gone", not usable thanks to our great friends, the Hackers! Please all, just make a backup, it doesn't cost too much, and it may save your files one day. All my photos, documents, movies, tv shows anything, gone, hidden behind a key worth 500-1000 dollars. If you do not know what I am talking about, Cryptowall 2.0, the newest ransomware, made to hijack your files, put a crypt/code on them, and order you to send 1.22 bitcoins to the owners of the malware, cause hey, 1 million made in stealing isn't enough right? http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/cryptowall-ransomware-information#prevent
ok, so im a photograpgher, and i was hit by the cryptowall 3.0 virus, since im a photograpgher and it encrypted 20,00+ of my lifes work, i WAS going to pay for the key to decrypt my files, but i couldnt get the bitcoins in time, i have still KEPT the encrypted files in hope that one day there is a way to decrypted my files, anyone kow a way? (ps i tried shadow volume copies restore system ect nothing, pls hlp, i have lost my LIFES WORK.. http://i.imgur.com/R9FGqu5.png
Cryptowall 2.0. This version is very similar to Cryptowall virus. However, Cryptowall 2.0 creates a unique bitcoin payment address for each victim, while before it used one bitcoin payment address for all victims. It tries to make a victim pay 500 USD, 500 EUR or 0.5 Bitcoin. This version also uses their own Web-to-TOR gateways (pay2tor.com, tor2pay.com, pay4tor.com and tor4pay.com), which ... Hat der CryptoWall-Virus erstmal Ihren PC infiziert, verschlüsselt er jegliche Textdokumente und fordert Sie auf, ein Lösegeld in Bitcoin-Währung zu zahlen. Ganz wichtig: Zahlen Sie auf keinen Fall das Lösegeld der Erpresser-Software. Sie sollten die Forderung vom Bildschirm abfotografieren und stattdessen eine Anzeige bei der Polizei ... The CryptoWall virus (also known as Crytpwall Decrypter or Cryptowall Software) is dangerous malware categorized as ransomware that was developed my the makers of CryptoDefense ransomware. The CryptoWall virus infects and encrypts files on the Microsoft Windows Operating System including Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8. When infected with the CryptoWall virus, this ... CryptoWall virus löscht die Lösegeldforderung auf Ihrem Computerbildschirm mit den Namen DECRYPT_INSTRUCTION.txt, DECRYPT_INSTRUCTION.html und anderen. Es enthält alle Informationen über die Methode, Erpressungsgeld an Bitcoin Wallet zu zahlen. Cyber-Forscher schlagen niemals vor, Hackern Geld zu zahlen und ihnen zu vertrauen. Es ist nur Betrug, unschuldige Nutzer zu betrügen und online ... Cryptowall Virus bezieht sich auf ein bösartiges Programm, das verschiedenen Dateien auf dem infizierten Computer, die mit dem Verschlüsselungssystem namens RSA-2048 verschlüsselt. Cryptowall Virus können auf Ihrem Computer in vielfältiger Weise, einschließlich Spam-Mails und fehlerhafte Links, die Sie in stolpern können, wenn Sie Websites für Erwachsene oder einige andere Ad ...
After a several week hiatus, I take a brief look at the Cryptolocker-inspired file encrypting ransomware Cryptowall. The concept is pretty much the same, other than having the user pay through a ... http://PC911247.com You need to pay this with BitCoin which is also risky http://PC911247.com There are restrictions on your bitcoin account depending on where you will get them How to buy CryptoWall decrypter? 1.You should register Bitcoin waller 2. Purchasing Bitcoins - Although it's not yet easy to buy bit coins, it's getting simpler every day. 3. Send 1.22 BTC to ... CryptoWall 3.0 (new version CryptoWall) is one of many ransomware trojans that encrypt the personal files on your computer and demand a bitcoin payment before you can restore them. Victims of the ...