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Unsolicited E-mails - Think Twice, Delete Once
On October 31, 2013, IT Security and Compliance alerted the campus to the ransomware malware currently infecting computers across the Internet.
On November 5, the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) issued an alert (TA13-309A) about CryptoLocker, a new variant of ransomware that restricts access to infected computers and demands the victim provide a payment to the attackers in order to decrypt and recover their files. CryptoLocker appears to spread through:
- Fake e-mails designed to mimic the look of legitimate businesses and
- Phony FedEx and UPS tracking notices.
Please click here to read the US-CERT advisory, which contains important information on the impact, prevention and mitigation. The advisory also provides references with more details on this critical security issue.