This virus encrypts your files and then destroys itself. The encryption is very tight – it can’t be broken. You will be left with contact details where you can send $300 – there’s no guarantee they will send you the means to de-crypt your files. Redback can’t help nor even the Pentagon or GCHQ – you might as well say goodbye to your files.
1. never, ever open a file or link in an email or on a social website unless you’re sure it was deliberately sent by the person themselves. It may seem interesting at the time, but the results could be utterly catastrophic.
2. make sure every important file has been copied to another device that is not connected to your PC or Mac. Redback can advise you with this.