As recently reported in the news, the WannaCry/WannaCrypt ransomware is currently affecting institutions around the globe. To date, Georgia Tech’s Cyber Security has not detected any attacks from this ransomware at Georgia Tech.
Cyber Security is alerting all faculty and staff about this ransomware to prevent a potential attack on Tech’s systems. This particular ransomware does not require user interaction to initiate the attack. As classes begin and systems become active on campus, it is likely that this ransomware will attack.
Those running the Microsoft Windows 10 operating system are protected from a WannaCry/WannaCrypt ransomware attack. Those running an earlier version of Windows are not protected from this ransomware and are encouraged to install the Windows Update https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/311047/how-to-keep-your-windows-computer-up-to-date.
If you are receiving alerts to install software updates or to restart your computer, allow these updates to install completely to be fully protected. Additionally, if you have a Windows system not managed by campus IT, it is recommended that you run the Windows Update and ensure all updates are current in order to protect your systems.
If you have any further questions or need assistance installing the Windows Update, please contact your unit IT support, available at www.oit.gatech.edu/departmental-it-support-staff-contact-list-csr.