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Following Global Cyberattacks, ITS Staff Encourage Proactive Measures

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 30, 2017) — In recent days, a new cyberattack affected devices around the world. The variant, known as Petya, is similar to the WannaCry ransomware. Petya was first observed on Tuesday, June 27, and there have been reports of sectors in the United States — including financial, telecom, transportation, health care and energy — that have reported impacted operations due to Petya.  

Having recently experienced the WannaCry ransomware, the University of Kentucky's IT staff (inclusive of UK HeathCare IT and Information Technology Services) want to ensure all UK students, faculty and staff understand the significance of these events and are knowledgeable about proactive measures. This extra attention to detail can aid the entire university community and help to ensure it is not compromised in any way.

What is Ransomware? 

Ransomware is a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid.

What proactive measures should I take?

  • Do not click on suspicious links or links that do not match the titles.
  • Check to see if the sender email address matches the company standard email address.
  • Never give out personal information or login credentials.
  • If you have additional questions or concerns, contact

What is UK doing?  

We are actively scanning and patching systems, however, this is not comprehensive of all UK computers. UK is also working to make sure that all servers are up-to-date and secure; updating the virus signature on firewalls to block this attack; and working with security vendors to help mitigate risk and identify attacks to the campus community. Additionally, UK has blocked known web addresses associated with Petya ransomware.

What should I do if my UK device is infected? 

Disable your wireless internet and/or unplug your computer’s internet cable. UK Information Technology Services recommends that you DO NOT PAY the ransom.

If you believe your device has been infected, the best course of action is to contact your college/center IT staff and/or the IT Service Desk at 859-218-HELP (4357) or email

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