UPDATED: Ransomware Attack

06/29 Update:

In a response to this latest attack, our Engineers have made a configuration change to APU Windows File Servers. After this change was implemented, we have found that Mac computers need to have their Windows mappings reconfigured.

Details for Macs:
Mapped drives on Macs, need to use SMB, instead use CIFS, as a prefix to the server and share path. This will allow your computer to default to whatever is the highest server supported version, which includes both SMBv2 and 3. 


06/27 Update:

A new ransomware attack has made the news, called Petya or Petwrap. This article will describe the risk, help you learn how to protect yourself, and what measures APU has put in place to protect the campus. 


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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