May 12, 2017

Notice: Malware circulating across many countries

Malware has been affecting many countries and continues to circulate. This incident type is "ransomware" being dubbed "WannaCry."

Although BCIT has not been affected we are informing the BCIT community to ensure your computers are protected.

 

For more information see the bulletin on CBC News

 

BCIT asseted computers: IT Services has just pushed out out the patch that will protect all BCIT asseted computers. The patch will download and install on all computers connected to the network on all campuses. Once the patch is downloaded and installed it will reboot your computer.

 

Personal computers: Ensure that you are running an up to date virus scan and all your Windows updates are up to date. For further information please see the Microsoft bulletin

 

 

What is Ransomware?

Ransomware is a form of malware or malicious software. It seeks out files on your computer and locks them to make them inaccessible to you. Cybercriminals demand money — a ransom — to unlock your files.

 

How does your computer become infected?

Your computer is typically infected with malware such as ransomware when you open an attachment to an email or download software or apps. Such emails and software can appear legitimate enough to fool many users.

 

 

 

If you have any questions please contact the Technology Service Desk at 604-412-7444 (option 1)