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Beware Ransomware

The IT Security Office has been receiving reports of computers becoming infected with “ransomware” such as Cryptolocker. As far as we know, this malware is targeting Microsoft Windows systems.

Ransomware is malicious software that can encrypt data files on your computer with a key known only to the attacker. The files are still there, but are completely inaccessible to you without this key. The attackers then attempt to extort money from you in exchange for the key to unlock your files.

Do not pay ransom to these criminals. There is no guarantee they will provide the key to unlock your files. Unfortunately, the only way to recover from this is to clean the infection from your computer [1] and restore your data from a backup.

Find out more at: IT: Status Alert Details.

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