Humboldt State University's Information Security Team works with the campus community to secure system and network resources and to protect the confidentiality of student, faculty, and staff information.
The team collaborates with IT teams in the administration of account access control, establishment of policies, procedures and guidelines, and tracking, coordinating and mitigating responses to security incidents.
|Online attackers are spreading a ransomware virus  called "CRYPTOLOCKER" which uses encryption  to lock up your data files. They demand money in order to release the files.
DO NOT REPLY TO THESE OFFERS!
CryptoLocker is generally spread via drive-by downloads or as an attachment to phony e-mails disguised as legitimate messages from various business, such as fake FedEx and UPS tracking notifications. If you open such a message, CryptoLocker installs itself on your system, scans the hard drive, and encrypts certain file types, such as images, documents, and spreadsheets. CryptoLocker then launches a window (see below) displaying a demand for ransom (to be paid in less-traceable forms such as Bitcoins and Green Dot Moneypaks) and a countdown timer showing the date and time before which you must submit payment in order to obtain the decryption key before the data is destroyed:
The other sign your computer has been infected is that files such as Office documents, database files, and most other common file formats on your system can no longer be opened. When you try to do so, you get another warning, such as "Excel cannot open the file [filename] because the file format or file extension is not valid."
By running an active, up-to-date antivirus program, you can minimize the risk of infection. It is also important to backup your files.
In this case, your best defense is prevention
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call the Technology Help Desk immediately at 826-HELP (4357).
If you have any questions or concerns regarding fraudulent email offers or warnings, please contact the Technology Help Desk or call (707) 826-HELP (4357). More information about spam and phishing emails can be found here .
By email (24/7): email@example.com 
By phone (daytime): (707) 826-3815
By phone (after hours): (707) 826-5555 (University Police Department)
For non-urgent information security concerns, please click on the appropriate email address below to send a message to the information security team:
Physical safety issues, including cyberstalking and cyberbullying, should be reported to the HSU Police Department by calling 911 or 5555 from any campus phone.