UP System IT Advisory (15 May 2017): "RANSOMWARE WannaCrypt or WannaCry"

UP System IT Security Advisory:

If you are using an unsupported version of Windows Operating system, please ​IMMEDIATELY upgrade to Windows 10 or install the latest emergency patch issued by Microsoft for Windows XP, Vista, and 8, server 2003 and 2008 below:

MS17-010 (Patch for the vulnerability): https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/security/ms17-010.aspx


​Why? The largest ransomware attack in history is​ currently attacking Windows Operating Systems and had already infected over 114,000 Windows systems worldwide since the last 24 hours.

The attack, ​known as WannaCrypt or WannaCry, spreads like a worm by leveraging on a Windows vulnerability. Once the computer is ​infected, ​WannaCry unlocks the computers and requires victims to pay $300 in Bitcoins to take back the control of their systems, along with a threat to double the price to $600. There is even no guarantee of getting your files back even after paying the ransom. Please click on this link for more information about the attack:  http://thehackernews.com/2017/05/wannacry-ransomware-unlock.html


Please also read the Microsoft's Customer Guidance for WannaCrypt Ransomware: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/msrc/2017/05/12/customer-guidance-for-wannacrypt-attacks/


Should you need further assistance with upgrading your device or applying the patch, kindly contact our helpdesk at (02) 376-3100, UP System VoIP# 2222 or send an email to helpdesk@up.edu.ph.