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Cryptolocker Ransomeware

Author: ITS

Posted on Nov 13, 2013

Category: General Interest , IT Announcements

The Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre (CCIRC) and the Canadian Colleges and Universities Chief Information Officers (CUCCIO) IT Security Managers Group have issued renewed warnings about the Cryptolocker Ransomeware following several incidents at Canadian universities.

Cryptolocker is a form of malicious software (malware) that can encrypt files stored on an infected computer, an attached USB or external hard drive storage, and even network storage. The perpetrators behind this malware demand a ransom in order to provide the necessary keys to unlock the encrypted files. Without such keys it can be next to impossible to recover your files.

UNB's IT Security Team would like to remind the university community to remain vigilant and avoid opening file attachments in e-mails from unknown or untrusted sources, as well as to avoid downloading software from untrusted sources from the Internet. This includes (but is not limited to) downloading copyrighted materials from peer to peer networks such as BitTorrent.

The university community is also encouraged to use up-to-date anti-virus software to help prevent infection. Faculty and staff computers should have the university-provided Kaspersky Anti-Virus installed and turned on. Please contact your departmental level one or the ITS Help Desk if you have any questions about your anti-virus protection for your PC or Mac.

UNB's email security tools and anti-virus solutions provide some protection against malware, but the best protection is for you to be aware of this risk and take all steps possible to minimize the potential for infection.

Students are encouraged to have updated anti-virus on their devices, particularly laptops and PCs running Microsoft Windows.

For more information, visit the Kasperksy Daily blog.