Alert: Global Ransomware Attack

Alert: Global Ransomware Attack - 2017-05-13

As you have probably heard in the last 24 hours a new “ransomware” virus which steals your data and holds it for ransom before destroying it has been sweeping across the globe. Visit the following link for additional details https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WannaCry_ransomware_attack.

The ransomware enters networks through malicious emails (phishing), or by being downloaded from infected websites. Once on a network, the infection is able to jump from one computer to another by exploiting vulnerabilities in the way that Windows computers share files and other services.

NJIT's network has not been infected and IST is taking steps to further protect our systems.

What can you do to stay safe?

  • Do not open any attachments you were not expecting
  • Be wary of any suspicious links in emails and websites
  • Keep your Windows operating system up to date (run Windows Update if you are unsure)
  • Verify that your Antivirus protection is current and running (check with your Antivirus vendor for details on how to make sure you have the latest definitions and updates)

Staying cyber safe and secure requires constant vigilance! For additional information visit the IST page on Avoiding Phishing Scams.

Questions should be referred to the IST Service Desk at (973) 596-2900 or online at http://help.njit.edu.

Last Updated: November 9, 2018