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There is a significant wave of infections impacting versions of Windows by a new ransomware called "WannaCry." Ransomware is a term used to describe malware that denies access to data or systems unless a ransom is paid to a cybercriminal.

If users are running Windows Desktops 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10 and Windows Servers 2003, 2003 R2, 2008, 2008 R2, 2012, and 2016 and have not applied the Microsoft March patches, your computing resources could be affected.

It is imperative for those users to apply the patch in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS17-010 immediately. If users are running an obsolete Microsoft operating system, including Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2003 R2, there are no supported patches to reduce exposure to the infections. These users must enable the local firewall and block ports TCP 137-139, 445 and 3389.

Please do not hesitate to contact the [U]Tech Service Desk at 216.368.HELP (4357) or for assistance with any of the actions mentioned above. If the CWRU campus community faces additional impacts from the global event, UTech will take additional measures to mitigate the infection.

The following links provide more information on the critical vulnerabilities impacting CWRU and Microsoft Security Bulletin MS17-010:

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