Protecting your PC from Ransomeware
CryptoLocker Ransomeware at ODU
The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) has issued an advisory concerning CryptoLocker Ransomeware Infections in which documents on the computer and on the user’s home drive and shared drives become encrypted and unrecoverable ( http://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/alerts/TA13-309A ).
In the past three months two computers at ODU have been infected with this malware. Since that time we have taken a number of steps to protect computers on our network. However, nothing can replace the use of safe computing practices by our computer users.
US-Cert, and the ODU IT Security Office recommend these preventative measures to protect your computer from this and other infections:
· Maintain current security patches (ITS managed workstations are patched routinely)
· Maintain current McAfee anti-virus definitions (ITS managed workstations maintain current A\V definitions)
· Backup important data to an offline repository. (Home and shared folders are backed up to an offline repository).
· Do not follow unsolicited web links in email messages or submit any information to webpages in links
· Use caution when opening email attachments. Refer to the Security Tip “Using Caution with Email Attachments” (http://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/tips/st04-010 )
· Refer to the “Recognizing and Avoiding Email Scams” document ( http://www.us-cert.gov/sites/default/files/publications/emailscams_0905.pdf )
· Refer to the Security Tip “Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks” ( http://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/tips/st04-014 )
If you think your computer is infected, you can call the ITS Help Desk at 683-3192, email at email@example.com, or fill out an online incident report at http://occs.odu.edu/security/incident/form/ .
Director, Information Security
Posted By: John Streit
Date: Fri Dec 13 10:30:52 EST 2013