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Information Regarding Latest Global Ransomware Attacks

College community,

I am sure that you have heard about the most recent ransomware attack that is impacting computers across the globe. SUNY Orange ITS is working diligently to make sure that our College computers and servers are protected. 

You can help us by learning the facts about attacks such as this and working to protect SUNY Orange and yourself. Below you will find information that we have compiled from Microsoft's website and various other outlets. Please take a couple of minutes to read through it. If you have a workstation or laptop provided by SUNY Orange, it should already be protected, but we need you to help us by making sure.

If your computer or laptop was not provided to you by SUNY Orange IT, you will need to make sure you protect yourself. Please see the instructions below to make sure that you do not get caught up in this attack.

Ransomware:

A type of virus that infects computers, and then prevents the user from accessing the operating system, or encrypts all the data stored on the computer. The computer user is asked to pay a fixed amount of money (ransom) before access to computer is granted, or the files are decrypted.

Wanna Cry Ransomware Guidelines to stay safe :

  • Be careful to click on harmful links in your emails.
  • Be wary of visiting unsafe or unreliable sites.
  • Never click on a link that you do not trust on a web page or access to Facebook or messaging applications such as WatSab and other applications.
  • If you receive a message from your friend with a link, ask him before opening the link to confirm, (infected machines send random messages with links).
  • Keep your files backed up regularly and periodically.
  • Be aware of fraudulent e-mail messages that use names similar to popular services such as PayePal instead of PayPal or use popular service names without commas or excessive characters.
  • Use anti virus and Always make sure to have the last update.
  • Make sure your windows have the last update close the gap (see below on how if you are unsure).


Here is a link to download the specific patch to make sure your machine is protected:

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/msrc/2017/05/12/customer-guidance-for-wannacrypt-attacks/

For Windows 8.1 and newer, you can follow the instructions below.

How to apply the latest updates to your machine:

Updates on Windows 10

1 - Select the Start  button, or Press the Windows+S key combination to display the “Search” box,
2 - Select Settings  > Update & security  > Windows Update 3 - install any pending updates and may be required to reboot

Updates on WINDOWS 8.1 

1 – Click on the Start  key or Press the Windows+S key combination to display the “Search” box, then type windows update.
2 – Click Check for updates (appears at the top of list)
3 – Click the Check now button and install any updates.
4 - You may be required to reboot.

Windows update on WINDOWS 7:

  1. Click the Start menu button.
  2. Go to Control Panel
  3. Click on Windows Update & window will open.
  4. To Check for updates, click "Check for updates" on the left side panel. Wait for checking to complete (this may take a while and you can minimize this window and keep working). 
  5. To Install updates, click "Install Updates". - you may be required to reboot.


Regards,

Leland

Leland Hach, Jr.
ITS
5/16/2017