We are seeing a new global ransomware outbreak similar to the WannaCry attack this past May. Petya is the second major global ransomware attack in the past two months and is currently infecting hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide. Ransomware, is a type of malicious software that takes control of a user’s computer files, encrypts them for ransom and prevents the user from having access to their files until the ransom payment has been made. The only reliable recovery method is to restore your data from a backup.

The Division of Information Technology is aware of this threat and has taken additional steps to protect FIU’s managed computing assets and data. To minimize the risk of being affected:

  1. Back up your data. The Division of IT offers CrashPlan at no cost for FIU-owned machines. CrashPlan can also be purchased at a discounted rate by members of the FIU community for use in personal machines.
  2. Protect your computer with a firewall, spam filters, anti-virus and anti-spyware software. Make sure that you have the most up-to-date software, and update them regularly to ensure that you are blocking new viruses and spyware. Additionally, make sure that your operating system is fully patched and up-to-date.For more information on how to protect your computer, visit your Cybersecurity Awareness Training Dashboard and complete the ’Protecting your Personal Computer’ training module.

The Division of IT’s Support Center is available to answer any questions or concerns. If you think you have been a victim of a ransomware attack disconnect your machine from the network (disable your Wi-Fi or unplug your network cable from your machine) and report it immediately to the IT Support Center.