UAB IT is aware of potential ransomware threats to medical facilities across the United States and is taking proactive steps to further protect campus computers and the network.

In the meantime, faculty, staff and students should be vigilant against potential attacks by looking out for phishing attempts and other ransomware or malware opportunities.

Ransomware — which can be hidden in links or attachments in emails, web sites or ads — can scramble data and allow attackers to hold it hostage for compensation.

Learn more about ransomware and how to protect your data.