ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court has warned its employees of a possible cyber attack launched worldwide to target machines running on Microsoft's Windows operating systems.
The Express Tribune reported that the virus - Ransomware - specially targets computers running on Windows 7 and 10 platforms. Ransomware "encrypts the data and (then) the attacker demands ransom from the user to restore the same," according to a circular by the IHC's additional registrar.
The warning asks users to desist from inserting USBs into official computers and surfing "unnecessary websites" or opening unauthentic web-links among others. It also advises the staff to keep backup of the key official data in a particular drive.
According to the report, Ransomware virus can be spread to computers through attachments or links in phishing emails, by infected web sites by means of a drive-by download or via infected USBs.