There’s some evidence that Canadian Universities are getting hit quite hard with CryptoLocker Ransomware. This appears also to be the case with US universities.
The malware encrypts the files on the computer then demands a fee to unencrypt the user’s file. This virus has the ability to spread to fileshares and USB devices.
This message is just a reminder to our user community to be careful when visiting unfamiliar websites or opening emails from unknown senders. Do not download or open files that you have not specifically requested. Be wary of links embedded in an email, type the link into your browser instead.
And as always, never respond to email requests for user information from anyone. Legitimate services, banks, credit card companies, email providers, Nipissing University Helpdesk will never ask you for information in an unsolicited email.
Please make sure that your anti-virus software is running and up to date.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Helpdesk at extension 4342.