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WannaCry Security Threat - What this means for UNB

Author: ITS

Posted on May 16, 2017

Category: News , General Interest , IT Security Alerts

Over the weekend, criminal hackers released a new strain of ransomware called WannaCry that has since infected an estimated 200,000 computers worldwide. This new security threat spreads itself automatically across all workstations in a network, preventing users from being able to access their data and files. 

ITS is taking this risk very seriously and is working to ensure UNB’s exposure is minimized.

How does WannaCry work?

It begins with a phishing email - if you or a colleague accidentally open one of these phishing email attachments, it can infect not only your own workstation, but immediately everyone else's computer too. Once infected, the data on your computer (and those of others) is locked from you and may not be recoverable.

What if I have been attacked?

  • If the data on your computer is locked or encrypted, contact the ITS Help Desk or your departmental Level 1 immediately.
  • Unplug your network cable and shut down your computer.
  • Do not reattempt to log in to your computer.
  • Do not pay the ransom.

What do I need to do to protect myself and UNB?

  • Windows users: As soon as you finish reading this notice, run any Windows updates available to ensure your computer is up to date with the latest security patches.
  • Mac users: Make sure all your programs are up to date to ensure your computer has the latest security patches.
  • Do not open unknown links or files (particularly .zip) within emails, instead delete them. Remember, “when in doubt, throw it out”.
  • Contact the ITS Help Desk if you receive any questionable emails.


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the ITS Help Desk.