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US-CERT releases alert on ransomware

Author: ITS

Posted on Apr 28, 2016

Category: IT Security Alerts , IT Security

Ransomware has been making waves in 2016, with popular strains such as Locky being used to target UNB and similar institutions. How does your computer get infected with ransomware? Ransomware often piggybacks off of other forms of malware that show up on your computer. For example, a type of malware that steals banking information may infect the device first, followed quickly by ransomware to lock files and folders that may contain information, photos, and anything else deemed important. The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in collaboration with Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre (CCIRC) have released an alert that goes into more detail on how ransomware operates, what it’s impact is, and solutions on how to prevent it from infecting your computer. It’s important to know that ransomware and other forms of malware do not just target businesses and organizations. They also target individuals. Read the full alert on the US-CERT website. Protect Yourself. Protect Your Stuff. Protect UNB. Visit go.unb.ca/itsecurity for more information. US CERT