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Beware of ransomware

As you may have heard in the media recently, ransomware attacks are on the rise, especially for Windows-based PC’s. There has been a lot of coverage in the news about popular ransomware attacks known as WannaCry, WannaCrypOr and Wcrypt.  

How does ransomware work?

Ransomware enters computers through attachments in emails (usually a Word document). If opened, it can spread quickly throughout our entire IT system encrypting our data so it is no longer accessible. A ransom (usually in bitcoin) is demanded by the hackers to gain back access of our own data, which could take months to decrypt and clean up.

What can you do? 

Be cautious when you see links or attachments coming through your inbox from senders you don’t recognize. Look out for vague “click here” links or buttons. If you receive an email asking for any personal information, delete it immediately and call Langara IT at 604.323.5999 to report it.

We are in the process of updating security patches to our IT systems to reduce the risk. We are also monitoring our IT system logs for anomalies and will be engaging with a third-party cyber security company in case additional services are needed.

Thank you for your vigilance.

Langara IT Department

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