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You have probably seen the news reports about the ransomware cyber-attacks on ICT systems worldwide. Currently, there is no reason to believe that the UvA and AUAS IT systems have been affected by the attacks.

Protect your computer from ransomware

Ransomware encrypts your files and then demands a ransom to make the files available again. There is a lot you can do to shut out ransomware:

  • If you receive an email from an unknown sender, do not open any attachments.
  • If you are unsure whether an email, file or link is trustworthy, contact ICT Services during business hours.
  • Also make sure your home computer is secure. Make sure to install the latest Microsoft security update and the latest version of your antivirus software. Don’t forget to make backups of your files at home – on an external hard drive, for example.
  • If you encounter ransomware at work despite these measures, immediately shut down your computer and report the incident to the Service Desk ICTS.
  • Whatever you do, do not pay the ransom. ICT Services can provide backups of any files you have saved on the network.

What preventive measures are the UvA and AUAS taking?

The UvA and AUAS have taken steps to prevent the spread of ransomware and are implementing ongoing checks of the ICT systems.


More information about ransomware can be found in the A-Z list > ICT security.
If you have further questions, contact the Service Desk ICTS via or T: +31 (0)20 525 2200