On May 15, initial scanning of the K-State network for the WannaCry Ransomware threat identified over 560 vulnerable Windows systems. In collaboration with system administrators from across campus, there are now fewer than 100 vulnerable systems.
However, K-State continues to be at risk for infection due to vulnerable Windows systems. As of 5:00 p.m. May 25, vulnerable Windows systems were blocked from the K-State network as per University policy
Faculty, staff, and students who use those systems will NOT be able to access the network (wireless, email, Library databases, HRIS, shared drives, etc.) until their systems are patched and complete a security scan. Guests coming to campus also need to have their computers updated and patched.
Information Technology Services thanks system administrators for their quick response and assistance to protect against this vulnerability. For questions about the vulnerability, contact the IT Help Desk at 785-532-7722.
Hosting guests on campus? Inform them about the ransomware vulnerability, WannaCry, and ask them to have the latest software updates applied on their computers.
K-State continues to monitor the network for the ransomware campaign referred to as WannaCry. Unpatched machines, or computers without the latest security updates, coming onto campus are a risk to our network. This is especially concerning with the number of conferences, camps and orientation occurring on campus during the summer months. Therefore, all computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system must have the latest updates applied.
The specific Microsoft update is MS17-010 SMB vulnerability dated March 14, 2017.
Throughout the summer, the network will be scanned daily. Machines without the updates are subject to being blocked.
Guests can contact the IT Help Desk for assistance at 785-532-7722 or firstname.lastname@example.org.