CryptoLocker Ransomeware at ODU

CryptoLocker Ransomeware at ODU

The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) has issued an advisory concerning CryptoLocker Ransomeware Infections in which documents on the computer and on the user’s home drive and shared drives become encrypted and unrecoverable ( ).


In the past three months two computers at ODU have been infected with this malware.  Since that time we have taken a number of steps to protect computers on our network.  However, nothing can replace the use of safe computing practices by our computer users.


US-Cert, and the ODU IT Security Office recommend these preventative measures to protect your computer from this and other infections:

·         Maintain current security patches (ITS managed workstations are patched routinely)

·         Maintain current McAfee anti-virus definitions (ITS managed workstations maintain current A\V definitions)

·         Backup important data to an offline repository.  (Home and shared folders are backed up to an offline repository).

·         Do not follow unsolicited web links in email messages or submit any information to webpages in links

·         Use caution when opening email attachments. Refer to the Security Tip “Using Caution with Email Attachments” ( )

·         Refer to the “Recognizing and Avoiding Email Scams” document ( )

·         Refer to the Security Tip “Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks” ( )


If you think your computer is infected, you can call the ITS Help Desk at 683-3192, email at, or fill out an online incident report at .


Doug Streit

Director, Information Security

Posted By: John Streit
Date: Thu Nov 21 07:55:55 EST 2013