Fake Fax Notifications

There are a number of emails circulating claiming to have fax messages attached.  These contain word attachments which are infected with a macro virus.   The messages are all from genuine senders who have been infected with the virus. If you receive any messages with attachments which are unexpected, please delete them and do not attempt … Continue reading “Fake Fax Notifications”

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Important Message From Staff Portal

We have a huge number of reports of a phishing campaign which many people have recognised as such.  Some, however, appear to have been taken in by this.  Initial versions came from outside the University which were easy to spot as bogus. However,  once some people had given their passwords away their accounts were then … Continue reading “Important Message From Staff Portal”

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Illegal file-sharing and copyright infringement

The University network environment The University of Birmingham operates a more permissive network, in terms of firewalling and network traffic filters, than is usually found in a workplace environment.  We believe this is important to foster the kind of open academic environment and ethos we strive to have here at Birmingham.  Much of the research … Continue reading “Illegal file-sharing and copyright infringement”

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Parcel Deliveries

There have been a lot of bogus emails claiming to be about parcel deliveries.  We have given plenty of advice on spotting bogus messages, but this piece of simple advice should help avoid falling victim to even the most convincing scams. A lot of people now appreciate that if they are not expecting a parcel, … Continue reading “Parcel Deliveries”

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Filtering Email Display Names

Introduction In order to help people avoid being tricked about the sender of an email, from 2nd May 2017 we started filtering out the display name from email From: fields in email originating from outside the University. This measure is not being applied to email from UK academic sites and other trusted, well regulated email domains that … Continue reading “Filtering Email Display Names”

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Majordomo Mailing Lists and Malicious Email – Advice for List Owners

We have had a lot of calls and emails from people concerned about a recent malicious email (fake DHL parcel notification – see https://blog.bham.ac.uk/itsecurity/2017/04/04/malware-in-fake-dhl-parcel-notification/). The messages were sent mainly to Majordomo mailing lists, so many people received multiple copies.  It has become apparent that many list owners are not taking advantage of security features of … Continue reading “Majordomo Mailing Lists and Malicious Email – Advice for List Owners”

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