Carleton U. hit by ransomware, students told to keep Windows PCs away

Iain Thomson reports:

Carleton University in Ontario, Canada, has confirmed it has been hit by a ransomware infection that crippled some of the Windows machines on its main campus.

Systems at the university started to go down on Tuesday, and its IT department reported that email, network drives and the central university student portal had all crashed. It warned those students using Windows PCs not to access the system.


The ransom demanded by the attackers was reportedly 39 Bitcoin (US$28,495 / CA$38,274), but it appears as though the university hasn’t paid up and is fixing the problems internally from backups. In the meantime, it is warning students not to pay.

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