Ransomware has reared its ugly head at an Ottawa college. Carleton University was hit with a ransomware attack bringing their IT network to a halt. The university said that any Windows-based system accessible from the main network may have been compromised by the attack.
The university released an update on their website Tuesday morning announcing the Computing and Communication Services department had detected an external hack. According to CBC, the ransom demand was 2 bitcoins for each computer, roughly $40,000 Canadian ($30,000 US).
The university is advising users to ignore all ransomware messages seeking a payment and report these messages to the help desk. As of Wednesday afternoon, no personal information has been access and email access has returned. According to the Ottawa Citizen, the university “maintains backups” but has not commented further on these backups or if they made a payment to the hackers.
For the most current information, refer to Carleton University’s Network Interruption updates page.