Accountants’ websites and emails may be targeted by a piece of ransomware that wipes information from their systems if a fee is not paid.
The ICPA discovered that a member had been hit by the Trojan, named Cryptolocker, and that all of his computer’s software and programmes had been completely wiped.
Anita Brown, ICPA senior consultant, issued a letter about the incident, warning other members to be vigilant of the virus.
The "nasty" piece of malware has been around since last year, but only in the last few months has increased in the intensity of its attacks - perhaps due in part to the fact that bitcoin, which it demands as a ransom, has increased in popularity and value.
According to Brown...