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Re: Ransomware
From: Paul Chauvet <chauvetp () NEWPALTZ EDU>
Date: Thu, 14 Nov 2013 11:24:32 -0500

We haven't had any cases about it, but were getting questions from faculty & staff about Cryptolocker due to recent 
media coverage. 

We sent a warning about it - but it focused on users keeping backups of their important data (and keeping external 
backup drives disconnected when not actually backing up) as well as the general 'don't open untrusted email 
applications'. 

There have been a number of attempts for this virus to come through email but all have been blocked (though by default 
all exe's including those contained within zip files are blocked here). 

Paul Chauvet 
Senior Linux Systems Administrator 
Chair, Information Security Oversight Committee 
Computer Services 
State University of New York at New Paltz 

Phone: (845) 257-3828 
chauvetp () newpaltz edu 

----- Original Message -----

Is anyone taking any particular steps to inform and communicate the
risks or prevalence of Ransomware to your campus?
Did you use this opportunity to caution them to be deligent in
general or have provided them with specifics? Thanks
Shahra

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