Tech Tip: Critical information to help stop cyberattacks 

Recent cyber-attacks have caused an emergency at one local city. The type of attack is called ransomware, and it’s is a form of malicious software that takes over your computer and prevents you from accessing files until you pay a ransom. 

Think before you click 

We can stop these attacks. The most common way ransomware enters computer networks is through email. Often, scammers include malicious links or attachments in emails that look harmless. 

To avoid this trap, please: 

  • Do not click on links or attachments from senders that you do not recognize. Be especially wary of .zip or other compressed file types.
  • Never provide sensitive personal information (like usernames and passwords) through email. 
  • Watch for email senders that use suspicious or misleading domain names. 
  • If you can’t tell if an email is legitimate or not, do not open it and notify KCIT. 

If something seems wrong, notify KCIT 

If your computer is infected with ransomware, you will typically be locked out of all programs and a “ransom screen” will appear. If you accidentally click a link or attachment that you suspect is malware or ransomware, please immediately notify the KCIT Help Desk here or call us at 206-263-4357. 

Thank you for helping to keep our network and our people safe from these cyber threats.

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