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Australia’s second largest university in the state of Queensland, the Queensland University of Technology, has been hit with a ransomware attack. The malware is believed to be the newer Royal ransomware and it is causing the university campus printers to spit out ransomware notes in bulk. The printed ransomware note has the following message. “Your critical data was not only encrypted, but also copied”. And it warns that the data could be published online unless a modest royalty is paid. The university has shutdown multiple IT systems as a precaution and are investigation. The university’s vice chancellor said that the university has a plan in place to deal with cyber breaches, and federal authorities had been notified.

This segment was created for the It’s 5:05 podcast