A note of caution from our campus computer network administrator for when using your email account:
A new virus is hitting the Internet and could become an issue SCC.
The virus is named Cryptolocker, and it encrypts the data on a
computer’s hard drive and then gives the computer owner 72 hours to
pay a $300 ransom. This is a very serious threat and every campus
employee needs to read and understand this email.
The Cryptolocker virus is usually spread by sending an email
attachment. The email attachment appears to be a .pdf file. The
computer owner clicks on the attachment and the computer is
immediately infected/files are immediately encrypted. There are
numerous ways to prevent your computer from being infected. The
following are three key prevention techniques.
Treat all emails with attachments with suspicion until you are
confident that the email and attachment are legitimate. Cryptolocker
reportedly disguises itself as being from UPS or FedEx. If you
haven’t ordered anything, DO NOT CLICK ON THE ATTACHMENT. Another
disguise is in the form of an email from a copier (a scanned image).
If you haven’t scanned any documents, DO NOT CLICK ON THE ATTACHMENT.
If the email is from Bob in the mailroom and you don’t know why Bob
would be sending you an email, you should call Bob to see if he sent
you something. If Bob confirms that he sent the e-mail, it should be
safe. If he doesn’t know what you’re talking about, DO NOT CLICK ON
Any email with an attachment that comes to you unsolicited should be
treated similarly; with suspicion and DO NOT CLICK. These emails are
disguised in this way in order to prey upon our curiosity.
If you’re not sure, DON’T CLICK.