Computer Virus Making Way Around Manhattan

By: Stephanie Schultz
By: Stephanie Schultz
KMAN Radio reports the "Crypto Locker" virus has affected local businesses and people on K-State

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) - A new computer virus is making its way around Manhattan.

KMAN Radio reports the "Crypto Locker" virus has affected local businesses and people on K-State's campus.

A consultant told KMAN that people try to download an attachment and the virus gets to work encrypting the computer's files. The user is then presented with a screen demanding money within 72 hours or they will not be able to use those files.

Experts say you should never open an attachment you aren't expecting, and back-up files regularly.

The consultant believes the attack is global.


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