VU University Amsterdam affected by crypto locker virus




In the past week, approximately 200 computers from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam affected by Crypto Locker, malware that encrypts files and decrypts fee again. According to VU No files are lost due to the infection.

Spokeswoman Aukje Scoop confirmed the infection, after security researcher Rickey Gevers a screenshot of a communication from the VU posted to Twitter. The warning calls on students and employees to not just open attachments in e-mails. Also on links should not be just clicked, warns the University.

Spokeswoman Spoon began relatively widespread infection a week ago and have been in that period “at or near” two hundred computers infected. “The malware wast already around a while, the last few months now and already infected PCs,” said Spoon. So the number of attacks has increased so, Spoon not know. “We have no idea at what angle we need to find this.”

The so-called ransomware encrypts files and require users to pay before they are decrypted again. “But of course we do not pay,” said Spoon. The university says that there are lost if known moreover no files passed by the malware infection.

“It may well be students and staff temporarily unable to access their files,” said Spoon, who last Friday itself the victim of malware. “I had Friday not access my account, but in the end I was not lost files,” said Spoon.


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