Starting Friday May 12, you may have seen news reports of a new 'ransomware' cyberattack affecting British hospitals and numerous other organizations worldwide. The malicious program spreads through a PDF email attachment, makes files on a computer unusable by encrypting them, and then requires payment to unlock them. We have not received any reports of this attack against Macalester individuals.
Services affected: Windows OS
Services NOT affected: Mac OS, Mobile devices
What you need to do:
- Run Windows Updates. Microsoft released a patch for this issue in March 2017. Updating Windows (and restarting if prompted) will protect your computer.
- Remain aware of unexpected attachments. If you receive an email attachment that you aren't expecting, check with the sender before downloading or opening it.