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”

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”

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.

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”

Increase in Blackmail Scams (Sextortion)

We are getting more reports of sextortion scams, which are a type of blackmail. These look very similar to the ones highlighted in a previous blog article.  The method of operation and advice remain the same. Click here for the original article and advice on what top do if you have received one. We do … Continue reading “Increase in Blackmail Scams (Sextortion)”

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”

Covid variation of Gift Card Scam

Earlier this year we published an article on the Gift Card Scam. We have had a few reports of variations in this scam, tailored for the current Covid-19 crisis.  One example email started with the following. “Good morning Peter, I’m planning to surprise some of the staffs with gifts during this unprecedented health crises, your … Continue reading “Covid variation of Gift Card Scam”

Gift Card Scam

Quite a few people have reported a scam that is becoming common on campus and some have reported losing hundreds of pounds of their own money to scammers. Scammers are sending email from various external email accounts claiming to be from senior members of departments.  These are often highly targeted so that the person they … Continue reading “Gift Card Scam”

New Password Expiry Notice

IT security policy requires password changes every 180 days. In order to achieve this, passwords are set to expire approximately every 180 days. Warnings and reminders are sent in the period running up to password expiry times. The password expiry noticed issued by IT Services has changed recently. The new notice looks like this. If … Continue reading “New Password Expiry Notice”

Blackmail Scam

We have been getting quite a few calls recently about messages trying to blackmail people.  They allege that the recipient has been viewing pornographic sites, malware has been installed on the recipient’s computer and they have compromising recordings of the recipient that will be sent to friends and colleagues. For example: To make the message … Continue reading “Blackmail Scam”