MVSU Campus Loses Internet After Ransomware Attack

ITTA BENA, MS (Ben Caxton) — Mississippi Valley State University’s campus was temporary without internet service this week after university officials said the school was hit by a ransomware attack. The University’s system was shut down by the IT department for a time to deal with what was called part of a “world-wide” attack that affected hospitals, schools, and offices in one hundred fifty countries. The University was not sure how many computers were affected but said the problem was experienced campus-wide. The ransomware called “SamSam.weapologize” encrypts files and demands a ransom payment to decrypt the files.


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