This is a special warning going out to everyone, please be careful of opening email attachments and links via email as well as instant messenger and social media.
There is a new malware variant making the rounds called Cryptolocker. Why is it so dangerous? It encrypts or locks your data away with a special key that you have no access to and only the bad guys know what that key is. They are holding your data for ransom in the amount of $300.00. Currently there is absolutely NO way to bypass or reverse the damage done. If you do not have a current backup of your data you will have to shell out the $300.00 to these criminals in unknown areas/countries. They exist outside the jurisdiction of the United States.
Here are a few links to some sites that discuss the malware in detail but please be careful! We are currently unable to undo the damage that these guys are spreading.