Wednesday, October 22, 2014

If you have been hit by the Cryptolocker then you can get your files back for free! IT English

There has been a lot of talk and scare tactics going around by PC professionals to have people backup their data off line.  But I don't plan to go back to the time-consuming backup the computer on CD's.  OK, I'll think about it.  If you have been hit by the Cryptolocker, you could have saved your data before hand by having physical backups.   But thanks to security experts you can get your files back!

Read this webpage and discuss it with your English teacher. 

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-28661463

Key Terms
malware
online portal
cyber-crime
hijacked 
concerted action 
able to grab data
racked up
amassed 
the keys
netted 
cyber-thieves
unlock files
encrypted
verify

Questions
What was the difference between Cryptolocker and other computer viruses?
How many people actually paid the thieves?
How much money did the thieves get? 
When did the virus first appear?
How much time did the victims have before 
How could you prevent the thieves from getting your data?
How can you get your files back if your computer was infected with this virus?
How often do you backup your data?
Which types of data is most important to you? 
If you had been infected, would you have paid to get your files back? Why or why not? 




Lesson Plan by Rachael Alice Orbach - Professional English teacher

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