Wed 22/11/2017 To undisclosed-recipients: Click the link below to get the answers for the upcoming exam. HERE
Lauren receives an email saying that a certain link contains all the answers for her future exam. She didn't study at all and decides that clicking the link will save her a lot of time.
However, when she clicked the link, the answers were not there. Instead, there was a blank page with nothing on it. Lauren is very disappointed because of this, but not receiving the anwsers to the test should'nt be her main concern.
The file she had received was a virus. This type of virus replaces all of your files with copies of itself. If you have no backup files, all of your progress is gone permanently. However, it doesn't only affect your computer. After that, the same email you received is sent to everyone you know under your address. This virus is called a worm.
Soon after the virus attacked Lauren's computer, it was quickly noticed by the other students. Since the virus was sent from Lauren's account, she was blamed for the whole commotion.
Lauren was later sent to the Headteacher. She explained how she got an unknown email and how it replaced all of her files. The Headteacher then told Lauren that she should be more careful on the computers and informed the other students to not open the email.
A few hours later, the teacher found the student who sent the virus to Lauren and a few other people. He received an isolation and a ban on using computers in school. The security on using computers was improved by increasing the monitoring and making more lessons about staying safe and aware of the dangers in unknown emails.