U-M Health System Cyber Security Update

March 29, 2016  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

Recent cyberattacks, known as Cryptolockers, have been actively targeting healthcare systems, including the University of Michigan Health System. Cryptolockers (also known as ransomware attacks) are designed to extort money from users by hijacking drives and documents and forcing them to pay a ransom, often within a specified time limit for payment.

A method of infection that is occurring more is through pop-up windows designed to look like emergency Tech Support messages, offering to begin a remote sharing session. The UMHS Service Desk will NEVER initiate a remote sharing session without calling and speaking with you first. If you are ever in doubt about who you are speaking with or who is attempting to render technical assistance, please call the UMHS Service Desk at 936-8000.

In addition to Cryptolocker attacks, the university routinely sees several thousand phishing emails get through to members of the U-M community on a daily basis. Some of those attempts result in compromised accounts. Please see the resources below for more information on spam, phishing, and tax fraud attacks.

These attacks do not have particular targets within the university. Remember, cyber security and safe computing practices are as important for researchers, as they are for educators and learners, as well as clinical users.  Please help us continue to inform the U-M community about these threats and what community members can do to protect themselves.

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