The National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center has provided an advisory
re: a new malware called ransomware, with specific reference to CryptoLocker Ransomware.
This malware is spread via malicious emails, delivered with subject lines that are
seemingly legitimate but are NOT.
CryptoLocker Ransomeware functions by encrypting victims computer files. Once encrypted, victims are provided a window of time in which they can pay to receive the key needed to decrypt their files. Please note that once the time limit expires, there is no known way to decrypt the files. Additionally please note that SUNY Fredonia will not agree to pay ransom.
The only way to recover the encrypted files without paying the demanded ransom (reportedly on the order of $300) is by restoring them from a backup copy. If your university-owned computer falls victim to this malware, please report it immediately to the Help Desk by phone 673-3150 or by FredQuest ticketing system.
Please keep the following important recommendations in mind: