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Fake Adobe Flash update delivering malware to WVU computer users

Some WVU computer users have fallen victim to a new cyber-assault that resembles the CryptoLocker attacks of recent weeks, this time using a fake prompt to deploy an Adobe Flash Player update.

Bob Meyers, security awareness manager for Information Technology, says any website that tells you to update your Flash player or requires you to download and install a video codec is actually trying to install malware. The latest threat is known as the FBI ransomware Trojan.

Meyers says the fake Adobe Flash update functions like CryptoLocker: It will encrypt the data on machines and demand that users pay a ransom to recover their files.

IF YOU ARE A VICTIM, TURN OFF YOUR PC IMMEDIATELY and CONTACT THE IT SERVICE DESK AT (304) 293-4444.

Malicious websites, most often containing streaming videos, movies and TV shows tell the user in a pop-up window to update Adobe Flash Player. The pop-up often looks authentic.

For more information on how to keep your data and personal information safe, visit http://it.wvu.edu/security/defend-your-data