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Security Update:Massive World Wide Ransomware Being Distributed

Status Type

Security Update

Date and Time

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 16:29

Reason

A massive ransomware campaign appears to have infected a number of organizations around the world; including hospitals in England. Reports have indicated this malware is a variant of WanaCrypt0r 2.0 (WannaCry) ransomware.

The investigations of this ransomware is in the early stages; however security experts believe the malware may be spreading to vulnerable systems through a security hole in Windows that was recently patched by Microsoft.

Impact

Ransomware is a type of malware that infects computers; restricting users’ access to their files, or threatens the permanent destruction of their information, unless a ransom is paid. Paying the ransom does not guarantee your data will be recovered.

Resolution

As Ransomware is one of the fastest-growing types of cyber threats to all Internet users, we want to take this time to educate you on the best practices on how to protect you and your data when using any kind of computing device.

INDICATORS OF THE MALWARE

  • Files with extension: .wncry
  • Ransomware notification: @Please_Read_Me@.txt

 

For more information on what you can do, refer to https://it.ucsf.edu/ransomware.

QUESTIONS? NEED HELP?

1. The UCSF IT Service Desk is available by:

2. Parnassus: Visit Kalmanovitz Library, Room CL240 during library hours.