Ransomware Attack

What is Ransomware?

Ransomware could prevent the user from using their computer or accessing data.

It holds the user’s computer and files for ransom. Ransomware or cryptolocker is a type of malware that can be covertly installed on a computer without knowledge or intention of the user. It can stay asleep or spread without user interaction until it receives a command from the hacker to encrypt files or completely lock the computer. The system is restored to normal (by the attacker) in lieu of financial benefit to the hackers.

Source: SANS

What can I do to protect myself?

For APU users:

IMT has pushed an update to your APU computer. Please take moment reboot your computer to apply the latest patch, immediately.

Best Practices:

  • Backup your data regularly.
  • Keep your computer operating system (Windows, MacOS) updated with the latest patches.
  • Use Antivirus software and keep it updated with the latest updates (virus definitions).
  • Do not follow unsolicited web links in emails.
  • Avoid enabling macros from email attachments.

Source: US-CERT

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