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University College London, one of the U.K.’s prestigious public research universities, has closed off access to personal and shared drives after a ransomware attack was detected late Wednesday afternoon. University officials said this morning that this was a web-based infection, reversing claims made in the early hours of the attack that the ransomware was executed via a phishing email attachment.

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In late 2016, the Kaspersky Lab Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (Kaspersky Lab ICS CERT) reported on phishing attacks that were primarily targeting industrial companies from the metallurgy, electric power, construction, engineering and other sectors.

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As our analysts found out, the links in the posts led to websites like deltagiveaway.com, emiratesnow.us, aeroflot-com.us, and other similar websites, depending on which airline appeared to be offering free tickets. Different posts mentioned different airlines, and everyone seemed to be celebrating an anniversary at the same time — a rather large coincidence.

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Over the previous weekend, social networks were hit with a wave of posts that falsely claimed that major airlines were giving away tickets for free. Users from all over the world became involved in this: they published posts that mentioned Emirates, Air France, Aeroflot, S7 Airline, Eva Air, Turkish Airlines, Air Asia, Air India, and other companies.

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