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Cyber Attack Alert

May 16, 2017

A worldwide outbreak of ransomware is rapidly spreading across Windows computers that have not yet installed the March 2017 Windows Update. Ransomware infects a computer, then encrypts all of the files on its hard drives and on file servers used by the infected computer. More information about the outbreak can be found in the eWeek article Ransomware Attack Hits Victims.

Drexel IT applied the March 2017 update to over 7,000 Windows computers. Windows computers that are not centrally managed may still be vulnerable and should immediately run Windows Update.

If your computer has already been infected, please contact Drexel IT or your college IT group. Encrypted files on computers that use the CrashPlan backup service can likely be recovered; Drexel IT can help you with such a recovery.

If you do not subscribe to the CrashPlan backup service, consider doing so. The fee is $77/year for unlimited storage for up to four Windows or macOS computers.

If you have any questions, please contact us by email at or by phone at 215.895.2020.