Islamabad High Court warns employees of possible cyber attack

According to a media report, Ransomware virus can be spread to computers through attachments or links in phishing emails.

Published: 29th December 2019 11:59 PM  |   Last Updated: 29th December 2019 11:59 PM   |  A+A-

Islamabad High Court

Islamabad High Court (File photo| IANS)


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.


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