The recent cyberattack involving ransomware has been infecting computers and critical systems worldwide since Friday. The main ransomware programs, WannaCrypt and WannaCry, and their variants are infecting computers by exploiting a vulnerability in the Microsoft Windows operating system. The malicious software then encrypts the contents of a computer and holds the information hostage until a payment is received. University Information Technology Services (UITS) has been scanning our wired and wireless networks to identify potential weaknesses and has been actively engaged with our IT community to patch vulnerabilities.
You should ensure that your work and personal computers that run Microsoft Windows are up-to-date on all security patches. Visit Protect Your Computer from Ransomware for information about how to update your Windows operating system to address this specific vulnerability.