Update: Petya Ransomware and University Windows Computers

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June 28, 2017


The Petya Ransomware global cyber attack started last night and has affected computers in over 65 countries. ITS has evaluated the risk to university computers and we believe the risk is low. ITS pushes out mandatory Microsoft system updates to these computers every month. The updates include updated security protections–this means the majority of university computers are not at risk.

However, if your university computer is not on the university’s network (e.g. you typically use it at home), the machine could be vulnerable. To fix this vulnerability, please install the latest Windows security updates as soon as possible. This FAQ gives you step-by-step instructions on how to do this. You can contact the IT Service Desk at 704-687-5500 if you have any questions.

Personal computers may also be at risk, so please ensure the latest Microsoft updates have been installed. Please see this Microsoft FAQ and contact them if you have any questions (the IT Service Desk cannot provide support for personal computers).