Ransomware shuts down Lewis & Clark pcs

GODFREY – Campus computer system networks have been down Wednesday morning at Lewis & Clark Community University after the faculty was the target of a cyber attack.

In a message sent to staff members users close to 6 a.m. Wednesday, LCCC President Ken Trzaska claimed the school’s computer system systems were being down due to the fact of a “Ransomware assault.”

A ransomware attack commonly is a style of malicious computer software made to block access to a computer system technique until eventually a sum of cash is paid out.

“We now have a important methods outage and need to close campus now, Wednesday, November 24,” Trzaska explained in his information. “All programs are down which include electronic mail, blackboard, phones, colleague, etcetera.

“Structures are secure and we are dealing with this just like a snow day on campus regarding accessibility,” he said.

Trzaska asked that men and women not use the college or university e mail program or open any files “to be protected.”

Laura Inlow, LCCC’s Supervisor of Marketing and advertising & Public Relations, on Wednesday morning reported the higher education leadership and information technological innovation office had been doing work to investigate the extent of the troubles. She said the ransomware assault took place late on Tuesday, Nov. 23, prompting a shutdown of all campuses.

All LCCC personal computer methods have been taken offline to stop any further more troubles, she explained. 

“We do not know when programs may possibly be restored, but are functioning diligently to look into and resolve,” Inlow said. “We will proceed to preserve the campus crew, pupils and the community posted with updates by way of social media, our inform devices and via our regional media.”