ALERT: Dangerous new computer virus spreading; "vaccine" could help you

A new variant of ransomware known as Petwrap is being spread around the world through phishing emails that contain a Dropbox link to a fake resume. If you click on the link, it executes a file that crashes and reboots your computer.

 

 

Your computer will display an image with a skull and crossbones and a message that the hard drive has been encrypted and the only way to retrieve your data is to pay a ransom.

To help protect yourself and your employer from this and other malware attacks, follow these safety tips when opening files attached to an email and when clicking on a link sent to you via email – even if it’s from a company or person you know: 

  • Do not click on any links embedded in emails. Unless you're 100% certain that you were expecting an email with a link, you should discard the email immediately. 
  • Do not open email attachments. As with embedded links, you should discard the email immediately if you weren’t expecting an email with an attachment.  

***There's also a new "vaccine" to help avoid getting hit by this virus.  Click HERE for more info.

If you ever have questions about a suspicious email, attachment or web link, don't open it, delete it and/or contact your company's web help department.

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