Ransomware attacks are on the rise – do you know the signs?

This message to all faculty and staff has been approved by Jane Livingston, Associate Vice President and Chief Information Officer.

With an increased number of FSU employees working remotely, cybercrime is on the rise, especially ransomware strains.

What you can do

  1. Ensure you are using up-to-date antivirus software.
  2. Work with your department’s IT professional to keep your computer patched to the most current supported software.
  3. Don’t download applications from the internet.
  4. Stay in the know about cyberscams
  5. Know how to get help. If you are targeted by a ransomware attack, contact the ITS Service Desk.

Ransomware is a type of malware that prevents or limits users from accessing their system, either by locking the system’s screen or by locking (encrypting) the users’ files unless a ransom is paid. One of the many new threats in ransomware is called the AKO Ransomware strain. The AKO Ransomware prompts you to download a free application called “Apowersoft Online Screen Capture.” Always verify the URL and authenticity of sites you visit.

To learn more about ransomware or phishing scams affecting FSU, check out the FSU Information Security and Privacy website.