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Public Safety Canada is warning of a global ransomware attack known as "WannaCry".
Queen's network has not, as of now, been infected and we are taking steps to further protect our systems.
The ransomware enters networks through malicious emails (phishing), or by being downloaded from infected websites. Once on the network, the infection is able to worm from one computer to another by exploiting vulnerabilities in the way that Windows computers share files and other services.
While the impact of this attack has mostly been felt in countries overseas, the University's IT Network and Security teams are taking proactive steps to prevent the spread of this attack to Queen's.
What Queen's is Doing:
The worm spreads using protocols coming in from the internet that are already blocked on the Queen's network.
Queen’s continues to diligently monitor detection systems.

What can you do to help?
As always, it is very important that you remain vigilant about IT Security on your computer:

  • Make sure that all of your software is up to date, especially your Microsoft operating system. Older versions of Microsoft Windows are the most susceptible. 
  • Make sure that your antivirus client is up to date and running.
  • Enable web browsing protections available in your antivirus client, or through browser security extensions.
  • Be wary of malicious websites and emails.
  • Do not open attachments that you were not expecting.

We will continue to assess this threat as it develops to determine any potential impact to the Queen's network.

For more technical information regarding this attack, you can read the article written by Fox-IT: