In the last week Canadian universities, including Western, have seen a significant rise in ransomware attacks against information systems.
Ransomware is software which scans a computer, encrypting all data files it finds, basically hijacking the data. Unless backups exist, this data is unrecoverable unless payment is made to the virus author.
ITS is reporting that our community is at risk. Faculty, staff and students have all been victimized by a new threat called 'Cryptorbit'. Fortunately, Western's anti-virus solution can detect and remove this virus (but cannot recover its victimized files).
January 24, 2014
Information Technology Services at Western is committed to providing high-quality, cost-effective services. We offer a wide range of information technology-related services and solutions in support of the campus community. Many of these services are outlined in our Services Document which provides pricing and service agreement information, along with a list of those services which are provided at "no cost" to our customer base.