IT teams at the University of Calgary have succeeded in partly eradicating a malware attack that had officials warning students and staff not to use any school-issued computers Monday morning.
The malware is still affecting the school’s exchange email, Skype for Business, secure wireless and Active Directory systems.
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“Major progress has been made towards resolving current systems issues caused by malware, which is software intended to damage or disable computers and computer systems,” the U of C said in a release.
The school’s wireless network and Office 365 email systems are now operational. Exchange email and Skype for Business remain impacted, the school says.
“It is now safe to use UCalgary-issued computers to access available UCalgary networks and applications,” officials said in a release. “There are a number of users who remain impacted by the malware and they will not be able to access any UCalgary systems.”
Teams have been working non-stop to resolve the situation since it was first detected.
“It points out that anybody can be vulnerable. I don’t know how they got infected or how the malware got in there, but it’s a good lesson to everybody to be very, very skeptical if somebody tells you to download a file or click on a link or go to this webpage,” said U of C professor and cyber-security specialist Tom Keenan.
“If you don’t recognize it, you shouldn’t be doing that.”
The U of C says employees should report to work and classes are continuing as scheduled.
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