The United States, Europe and other parts of the world are all taking precautionary measures in anticipation of a massive ransomware attack.
The ransomware was first spotted in Europe earlier this week and is believed to be a variant of CryptoLocker.
The ransomware, which has the same name as the “Cryogen ransomware” ransomware, has reportedly been spreading rapidly across the globe.
In the wake of the first wave of the attack, several European countries are warning their citizens to stay away from certain areas and organizations, while several other nations have banned travel to certain locations.
This includes Switzerland, Germany, France, Spain, and Belgium.
According to Bloomberg, the United States is not one of the countries affected by the attack.
It is instead in the process of launching a ransomware update that could contain new, more aggressive code.
The new ransomware update will include a new file called “CureCryptoRansomware”, which will encrypt all of the files on a user’s hard drive, making it virtually impossible to recover the files.
According the report, the update should be rolled out on April 1.
According to a statement from the White House, the president is urging Americans to be on alert and to stay out of areas where the threat has been growing.
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