Hutchinson Business Victim of “Ransomware” 01 Apr 14

A Hutchinson business is reporting the theft of data worth an estimated $240,000.

RD Machine Incorporated, located at 325 Michigan Avenue, reported to police that a message from “CryptoLocker” popped up on their work computer asking for $400.  Jeff Laway says he purchased a green dot card and paid the $400 for the data that was taken from the computer and basically being held for ransom.  The claim was that once the money was paid, the data would be released back to the company.  Laway says even though the money was paid, the data was not released.

Laway says the dollar loss is based on two, full-time employees working about 10,000 hours to produce the data.  He also says their computer back-up failed.

CryptoLocker is a ransomware trojan that targets computers running Microsoft Windows and first surfaced in September 2013.


  • Druenny Tesla

    Reason I use unix.

    It’s been around for a while, a good antispyware program can remove it. You can also boot windows in safe mode F8 and bypass it. Once windows has loaded, you can either scan or manually delete the infected files. All files are decryptable. Do a full scan because once cryptolocker is installed. Other backdoors and keyloggers can be installed. Make sure system is completely clean.

    For backups. Trust no other than acronis, or more complex but free clonezilla. Makes a mirror image copy of the hard drive. And works with any operating system. Things like norton backup/ghost. Or CA technologies restore programs are easily comprised or deleted.