Beware Ransomware Scam

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A ransomware scam was delivered to University of Illinois email accounts the week of April 4, 2016. If you receive a message with an attachment from someone you do not know, do NOT open the attachment. 

If you have already opened a suspicious file sent to you via email attachment, please contact the Technology Services Help Desk (217-244-7000) ( or contact your local IT professional.


Ransomware Details

Here is a screenshot of one of the versions of the email that has been reported to Technology Services:

  Set Password Recovery Options Before Spring Break

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If you are leaving campus for Spring Break, you should make sure that you have chosen a password recovery method by visiting

If you have not chosen a password recovery option, you will have to visit the Technology Services Help Desk in person to reset your password. This obviously could be problematic if you are off-campus for Spring Break and need to reset your password.


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