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Message to the Community

To: The W&L Community
From: Information Technology Services
Re: Ransomware Threat –  Precautions Suggested
Date: June 28, 2017

Information Technology Services is monitoring the global ransomware and other threats and is taking measures to protect W&L systems. ITS encourages all students, faculty and staff to be vigilant and take appropriate measures to safeguard personal computer equipment and data:

  • Exercise caution with unsolicited email, and avoid opening attachments or clicking links embedded in these emails. Phishing is one of the methods used to spread ransomware and other threats. This phish, for example, was received this morning by several members of the W&L community. The email included a PDF attachment:
    • “Re: Payment Remittance – Please see attached as discussed, kindly confirm details and revert us ASAP so we can process your payment accordingly.”
  • Keep software on personal computers up to date – install patches and updates when made available by Microsoft and other software providers. ITS manages software updates for all University-owned devices.
  • For additional advice on safe computing, navigate to its.wlu.edu and click on “How-To” then “Safe Computing.”
  • Please contact the Information Desk at 540-458-4357 or help@wlu.edu with any questions or concerns.

Information Technology Services
540-458-4357 or help@wlu.edu

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