Ransomware HIGH Alert

Monday, May 15, 2017


The Uganda National Computer Emergency Response Team and Coordination Center (CERT.UG/CC) under the National Information Technology Authority - Uganda (NITA-U) is aware of an eminent threat affecting many organizations. The threat is in form of a malicious software attack known as Ransomware that is mainly targeting organisations that have unpatched Microsoft installations. 


Ransomware refers to sophisticated software that utilizes advanced encryption algorithms to block system files and demand payment in return for the key that can decrypt the blocked content.  A ransomware attack is VERY damaging to an organization’s data with very HIGH chances of complete data loss (on infected computers) as well as disruption in user productivity.  


We highly recommend all organisations to implement the  CERT.UG/CC advisory to enhance protection against this particular threat.


Click to download the CERT.UG/CC advisory