Campus Safety and Technology Security Advisory

Posted on September 29th, 2016 by

To: The Gustavus Community

From: Campus Safety and Technology Services

Subject: Campus Safety and Technology Security Advisory

Date: September 29, 2016

Campus Safety and Gustavus Technology Services would like the community to be aware of a third incident of Ransomware infecting a Gustavus owned computer this week. This most recent case included threatening phone calls to a Gustavus community member’s home.

Be cautious of suspicious emails and webpages.

DON’T click on links from unknown or untrusted sources (including pop-ups)

DON’T provide confidential information

DON’T download any files from emails sent by strangers

DON’T open files when in doubt, even from known email addresses

DON’T respond or reply to emails asking for confidential credentials

DON’T provide any information on a pop-up

DON’T call numbers or follow links from pop-ups on your computer

Gustavus Technology Services will NEVER ask you for your password.

Ransomware is computer malware that installs covertly on a victim’s computer, executes a cryptovirology attack that adversely affects it, and demands a ransom payment to restore it.

To learn more about Ransomware, please read the following information from US-CERT.

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/alerts/TA16-091A

To learn more about safe computing best practices visit:

https://gustavus.edu/gts/security/bestpractices.php

If you have any questions about Ransomware or other questions, please contact Gustavus Technology Services or Campus Safety.

Gustavus Technology Services

507-933-6111

Campus Safety

507-933-8888

 

 

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