Update on USB transmitted Trojan Virus

Thu, 3 December 15


Update: 3rd December

Sophos is now successfully picking up this virus, so student and staff can now use their USB drives in shared computers.  However, if you suspect you have the virus, please drop into your nearest IT Centre to retrieve your files.  They are still present on the drive, just hidden.

 

Update - 12th November

Trojan viruses passed by USB drives are now being picked up by Sophos.  We continue to monitor the virus with our Sophos support partner and investigations are still ongoing.  While this is taking place,  IT Services are still recommending that staff and students do not use USB devices on any open access PCs until further notice.  If you suspect you have this virus on your USB drive, please bring the drive to your nearest IT Centre.

 

Update - 6th November

IT Services are continuing to work with our Sophos support partner to identify and remove the Trojan virus infecting USB drives on open access PCs on campus.

IT Services continue to recommend that staff and students do not use USB devices on any open access or shared pc’s.

 

3rd November - What is happening:

IT Services have been monitoring recent reports about USB devices transmitting a trojan virus (possibly AndroMem-B).

Sophos Anti-virus is not removing the infection and subsequently infecting any new USB device plugged into the machine. To users, the USB device appears to only have a shortcut .lnk without any data.

We have opened a support call with our Sophos support partner and are investigating the issue as a matter of urgency.

In the meantime, IT Services recommends that staff and students do not use USB devices on any open access pc’s (computer labs,  SUAS machines, Podium PCs,  Copi Print,  Library etc) until further notice.

It is recommended that customer’s save data to their Google drive.