Worldwide cyber-attack WannaCry

May 15, 2017

ITS is aware of the WannaCry cyber-attack, actively monitoring it, and we are not seeing any WannaCry attack activity at UCSC.

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On Friday, May 12, a worldwide cyber-attack called WannaCry or WanaCrypt0r 2.0 launched infecting more than 230,000 computers in 150 countries, demanding ransom payments in the digital currency Bitcoin in 28 languages. This is a ransomware program targeting the Microsoft Windows operating system.

The initial attack happens via a phishing email that infects windows systems with a worm that then spreads through windows file shares and encrypts all data. Although steps have been taken to stop the attack, it is still virulent. 

Please take the following precautions:

  • Make sure your system is up to date on patches from Microsoft. The specific patch is MS17-010. ITS has automatically patched all UCSC windows computers managed by BigFix (managed computer support). 
  • Do not open emails or attachments from unknown sources. Be sure to check the senders address and do not open documents that you were not expecting to receive or have odd names.

You can read more about this attack and its impact here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WannaCry_ransomware_attack.

If you suspect your system might be infected or you have questions, please contact the ITS Support Center