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Are your files vulnerable? Learn more about keeping yourself protected online

05.17.2017 | By: Texas Wesleyan University

Cyber criminals are encrypting files in a massive international attack leveraging a vulnerability in the Windows operating system.

If you have not updated your Microsoft operating system in the past 30 days then you could be a victim of the latest criminal attack that could leave your files and photos encrypted by a cyber criminal.

The Department of Homeland Security is aware of reports of ransomware known as "WannaCry" affecting multiple global entities. Ransomware is a type of malicious software that infects a computer and restricts users’ access to it until a ransom is paid to unlock it. Microsoft released a patch in March that addresses this specific vulnerability. Installing this patch will help secure your systems from the threat.

Individual users are often the first line of defense against this and other threats, and we encourage all Americans to update your operating systems and implement vigorous cybersecurity practices at home, work, and school.

For any questions or concerns please contact the Service Desk at 817-531-4428 opt. 1 or

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