Monday, May 15, 2017

Alert: Ransomware Notice

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:

  1. Run Windows Updates. Microsoft released a patch for this issue in March 2017. Updating Windows (and restarting if prompted) will protect your computer.
  2. 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.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the ITS Help Desk at 651-696-6525 or helpdesk@macalester.edu.

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