CryptoLocker has recently become one of a few ransomware families which offer Bitcoin as a payment method to its victims. Security expert at AlienVault, Alberto Ortega, has recently released a report concerning these events. He stated that Bitcoin is the latest inclusion to the list of payment systems, which are used by CryptoLocker. As a result, the 300 USD ransom can be paid using not only cashU, Ukash or MoneyPak but also Bitcoin.
Most of the ransomware use similar tactics. These programs lock the infected computers or encrypt the data which is stored on the HDD. Then the victims are offered to pay a ransom if they want to regain access to their PC and their data. Unfortunately, if the money transaction is made there is still no guarantee that the computer or the data will become accessible. That’s why security experts do not recommend paying the ransom, no matter what type of ransomware has infected the PC. Seeking for appropriate antivirus product, or removing the malware manually, are the best solutions to this kind of problems.