MUN launches “ransomware” awareness campaign

October 26, 2016

Memorial University has launched a new awareness campaign warning students against the threat of ransomware. This malicious form of computer software is common around the world, yet it rose to prominence earlier this year after the University of Calgary paid hackers $20K to recover locked data. “It only takes one to get into the right person and somebody clicks on a link or opens an attachment and that can launch an attack,” says MUN Chief Information Officer Shelley Smith. “As much as we can be sophisticated with all of the tools that we use, it really does come down to every single individual having to be vigilant.” CBC reports that MUN recently detected the software on two of its computers. In both cases, users were reportedly able to recover their data without paying the hackers. CBC