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Petya Ransomware Cyberattack

Please be advised that a massive ransomware attack is now on-going around the globe. Most targets thus far have been in Europe, with Ukraine being particularly hard hit. The details on the attack are sparse at the moment. Based on available information, it appears the outbreak consists of a variant of the Petya ransomware. Reports have indicated similar worm-like capabilities from this new malware threat as the earlier WannaCry malware and using similar exploits.

Be on the alert and vigilant for infections or suspicious activity while using your computer. If infections are suspected, please disconnect your computer from the network immediately.

What is Ransomware? Ransomware is a type of malicious software, or malware, that covertly and illegally encrypts files. This encryption will prevent the computer owner from accessing their own files until they pay a ransom for safe recovery. Typically, ransomware gets onto a system through clicking on a malicious website link OR a link in a phishing and spam email.

We will update information as it is available.

If you have any questions, please contact the IT Support Center at 828-2227 or itsc@vcu.edu.

Posted by garbettgl on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at 4:54 pm

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