May 16, 2017 3:16 pm

WannaCry virus infects 120 computers at Université de Montréal

WATCH ABOVE: The cyberattack in Europe and Asia is serving as a wake-up call to all levels of government in Canada was well as businesses and anyone who uses a computer. Carolyn Kury de Castillo reports on what is being done in Calgary to prevent that type of disaster from happening here.

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Université de Montréal is monitoring its IT network after about 120 of the school’s computers were infected with the same cyberattack that hit computers around the world.

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University spokeswoman Geneviève O’Meara said Tuesday the so-called WannaCry virus struck Friday night and continued to hit computers until Sunday.

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She said no computer managed by the school has been reported infected since Sunday and the university’s information technology department worked over the weekend to re-initialize the computers that were hit.

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About 200,000 victims in more than 150 countries were touched by the first attack of the WannaCry virus.

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Victims of the virus include Britain’s National Health Service, Hitachi and Nissan Motor Co. in Japan, as well as universities in China.

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O’Meara said only 120 out of 8,300 computers managed by the university’s IT department were affected.

© 2017 The Canadian Press

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