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Ransomware "WannaCry"

Good Morning,

As some of you may have noticed in the news, a widespread Ransomware attack took place on Friday. Ransomware is malicious software that will encrypt the files on your computer and on any network shares to which you have access.

This particular Ransomware variant, WannaCry, has already negatively impacted large organizations in Europe, including universities, hospitals and telecom companies.

Windows Users:

WannaCry exploits a vulnerability in Windows. Any Windows computers that have not had all of their Windows updates applied are at severe risk (and this particular patch requires a reboot before being fully applied).

Action Required:

To check for Windows updates follow these steps:

  • Click the Start button.
  • In the search box, type Update.
  • In the results list. click Windows Update.
  • If asked to restart computer, do so immediately.

Important Information:

UIT is taking additional steps to reduce risk posed by WannaCry. If your computer is managed by UIT using the central management tool LANDesk, we will confirm whether or not your computer is protected and, if not, we will be installing the update for you, which will involve your computer being restarted with very short notice. While we acknowledge and apologize for the inconvenience, these mitigation steps are critical to the safety of MSU’s Information Technology environment.

If you think you may be infected:

If you receive reports of ransomware on MSU devices, please contact the UIT Service Desk immediately (994-1777 or

Please contact the UIT Service Desk if you have any questions.

Thank you,

University Information Technology


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