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WannaCry ransomware

Early in May 2017, it was breaking news that computer users around the world were being hit by the WannaCry ransomware. This is a trojan virus that infects Windows computers and, after encrypting the host computer, holds the user to ransom for fear of having their files deleted. 

Currently, WannaCry is targeting three versions of WIndows in particular: 

  • WIndows 8
  • Windows XP
  • Windows Server 2003

Some EGI customers are currently using Windows XP, due to specific Net Station/E-Prime compatibilities. To protect yourself, please do the following: 

  • If you are using your Windows PC for email, be wary of email attachments and links. 
  • Avoid connecting your Windows PC to the network if at all possible. 
  • Download and install Microsoft's lastest security update. 
  •      To avoid placing your XP machine at risk, we recommend performing this download on a less susceptible computer. 
  •      The security update will only protect the computer from being infected by another infected machine on a network, and so the best advice remains to not place your Windows XP computer on a network. 

The security update works on a different network protocol, SMB, than is used in the TCP/IP controlled synchronization of Net Station and E-Prime, and so its application to your XP E-Prime computer will not impact your timing integrity. However, as with any change to your system, we strongly recommend running a timing test to confirm your stimulus presentation offset following the installation of the security update. 

Please contact EGI Support if you have any further concerns or questions. 

 

 


Additional Info

  • Product Type: E-Prime
  • Information Type: Technical Advice / Troubleshooting
Last modified on Thursday, 01 June 2017 19:56

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