Ransomware is a common form of cybercrime. Despite of many precautions, the university can’t always prevent your device from being affected by malicious software (malware). Watch out for this new hacking threat and never open suspicious emails, neither at home nor at work. Do not click carelessly.
Ransomware, also called cryptoware, is a kind of malware that encrypts one of more files on your computer, tablet or smartphone. You can only recover access to your files after paying ransom money. Making payments is inadvisable, as in many cases you don’t get a key even after paying. An additional risk posed by cryptoware is that it can also infect connected external hard drives and the network storage that has a drive letter in the Windows Explorer bar (such as the E:, F: and G:, but also U: and O: drives).