University College London is tonight tackling a serious ransomware outbreak that has scrambled academics’ files. It is feared the software nasty may be exploiting a zero-day vulnerability, or is a previously unseen strain of malware as antivirus defenses did not spot it in time, we’re told. Eggheads at the UK uni are urged to not open any more email attachments, which may be booby-trapped with the ransomware. The UCL Information Services Division (ISD) said it had locked down access to the shared and networked drives that have been under siege from the malware since it began infecting users around mid-day Wednesday via an email message.
ORIGINAL SOURCE: The Register
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