Simulated Phishing Email of October 2023

On Tuesday 24 October, IT Security sent a number of staff a simulated phishing email claiming HR shared a file with you. The Subject was ‘Holiday Entitlement Changes’ available through SharePoint, and contained a link to a Word document called Holiday Entitlement Changes. If you tried to open that document you were asked for your … Continue reading “Simulated Phishing Email of October 2023”

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Phishing, Scams and Other Malicious email

Criminals are sending out millions of malicious emails every day.  Often these are trying to steal your personal details, including your banking information or your University login details.  Some might trick you into running malware on your phone, tablet, or computer. How do I spot these? Generally, if they look suspicious, they are.  If something … Continue reading “Phishing, Scams and Other Malicious email”

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NCSC Threat Report

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) provides cyber security guidance and support, with the aim of helping make the UK the safest place to live and work online.  Every fortnight, NCSC publishes a Threat Report, providing information on known and emerging security matters affecting the UK, including the NCSC’s response. You can subscribe to receive the … Continue reading “NCSC Threat Report”

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Cyber Essentials

Cyber Essentials is a UK Government backed scheme, providing a proactive approach to guarding against a range of common cyber-attacks.  This is achieved through the strengthening of five key areas: Securing of your Internet connection Securing of your devices and software Controlling access to your data and services Protection against viruses and other malware Keeping … Continue reading “Cyber Essentials”

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Apple Release Important Security Patches

Apple has released a fix for the newly discovered security exploit that affects iPhones, iPads, and Macs which can spread malware via iMessage. If you use any Apple devices you should immediately update them to ensure that you are fully protected. Further information can be foulnd in the following articles. https://www.techrepublic.com/article/apple-releases-emergency-patch-to-protect-all-devices-against-pegasus-spyware/ https://www.techrepublic.com/article/apple-releases-emergency-patch-to-protect-all-devices-against-pegasus-spyware/ https://support.apple.com/en-ca/HT212807

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Increase in Phishing Attacks

We have had a lot of phishing attacks recently, many coming from University staff and student accounts that have given their username and password in response to an earlier attack. A lot of people are responding to these.  The wording varies, but all follow a very traditional pattern for phishing messages.  They include emails telling … Continue reading “Increase in Phishing Attacks”

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Password Spray Attacks

The NCSC recently issued an advisory on password spray attacks.   The attacks are aimed at   health care organisations involved in the coronavirus response, including research.  The University is a potential target. In password spray attacks, attackers use a few easy to guess passwords and try them against multiple accounts.  Attacking in this way does not … Continue reading “Password Spray Attacks”

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