IT Services Alerts - Updated: Petya Ransomware awareness, June 27th, 17:20

Updated: Wednesday June 28th 10:55

IT Services is continuing to monitor our anti-virus protection and malware detection systems and there are currently no reports of Petya ransomware on Trinity computers.

McAfee have released Antivirus detection files which we are pushing out across the Trinity network today.

Similar to the information found on the IT Services website, McAfee have released the following advice:

  • Avoid opening attachments in emails from untrusted sources. If your company allows, implement rules to block attachments with common executable extensions.
  • Avoid opening links in email and chat windows from untrusted sources, and double-check them if they are sent by a trusted connection. Sometimes an infected machine may send links to all contacts found in the email/chat application, which would appear to the destination as if coming from a trusted contact.
  • Keep all of your software up to date, including your operating system, Office package, browser, and any plugins you may be using. Disable any unnecessary plugins to avoid the extra attack surface.
  • Keep your Antivirus up to date to help avoid other infections that may bring the ransomware to your machine.

Please contact the IT Service Desk if you have any concerns about this ransomware threat. 

 

First Posted: Tuesday June 27th 17:20

IT Services have become aware of a new strain of ransomware called Petya, which is being reported across Europe.

We have been monitoring Trinity anti-virus protection and malware detection systems and have found no evidence that this is affecting Trinity network or users at present.

As always, this is a timely reminder to ensure your PC is up to date with the latest Windows patches, and antivirus updates. More information on how to keep your devices and data safe can be found on our ransomware news alert and on our IT Security pages https://www.tcd.ie/itservices/security/

Further updates will be available here.

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