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Wannacry Ransomware Attack

This is an important message to all University of Richmond community members. Please be aware that there is a new ransomware threat making its way through the internet. It is called Wannacry, and is already being widely reported via news outlets. This program, if executed, encrypts your computer data to a .WCRY extension and renders it useless; usually with a requirement that you have to pay to have your hard drive unencrypted.

We have not had any reported cases of this ransomware being active at the University of Richmond at this time. Information Services proactively patches and updates University computer systems on a regular basis, and the current Windows Operating System patches are protected from this latest ransomware version of Wannacry. However, we do recommend that all community members with home computer systems run the latest Windows Updates as soon as possible.

Pease remember, never click on links within emails unless you know for a fact that it is from a trusted source. You can always verify the integrity of the link by hovering your mouse over the link to see the exact address of the link destination. For instance, if the link says Fedex, but the address is NOT www.Fedex.com it is likely some form of malware.

Source: https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2017/05/12/Multiple-Ransomware-Infections-Reported