Major virus outbreak at University of Exeter

Graham Cluley

The University of Exeter in England has reported that it suffered a “severe” virus outbreak, which resulted on its entire network being shut down earlier this week.

Although the University reports that 95% of its network is now back to normal operation, mystery still surrounds what exact piece of malware they were hit by.

ZDNet blogger Zack Whittaker appears to have got some inside information, as he quotes an internal support email which says:

“…this is a completely new virus and we are the only organisation in the world to experience it. None of the mainstream virus software suppliers have seen this virus, and as such, there is no fix.”

It’s not entirely clear to me how the University of Exeter would know that they are the only organisation in the world to encounter the malware, but I’ll let that pass.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.