Ransomware Shuts Down Monroe College Systems

submitted by Quint Smith,  Information Security Training & Communications Specialist

 

Ransomware continues to be a key area of vulnerability for individuals and organizations around the world. Last month, for-profit institution Monroe College was the victim of a ransomware attack. The attack locked users out of Monroe’s systems, with the attackers demanding $2 million to have Monroe’s files restored. Earlier this year, the City of Baltimore was the victim of a ransomware attack with damages to the city estimated to be upwards of $18 million.

On our campuses, we have taken measures to prevent the likelihood of a ransomware attack by implementing additional two-factor authorization (2FA) requirements for our users. The Office of Information Security has also engaged the services of cybersecurity technology company CrowdStrike to monitor and maintain the integrity of our systems.

If you would like to learn more about ransomware, the No More Ransom website has educational resources about avoiding becoming a victim of an attack.  Additionally, the site provides resources for recovering from a ransomware attack in progress.

If you suspect a cyber threat, please contact the Information Security Office immediately by emailing infosec@wustl.edu or calling 314-747-2955.