Tag: Malware

This event describes an attempt to install malware on a computer, either via email, shared file, or physical means (USB drive, memory card)

“2020 Anti Virus Protection” Emails are Fake

One of the first things you will notice about these fake “anti virus” protection emails is the odd font in the subject line. A small font, sized at half the height of normal fonts, it looks…odd. This is red flag…

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“Outlook Warning” Email is Fraudulent

Information Security has received reports of phishing emails that try to convince the user they can no longer sign in to their email, and consequently cannot send or receive emails. An example is shown below. Note the poor spacing, grammar…

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Microsoft Update via Email is Fake!

A new scam going around is an alleged Microsoft Windows update delivered via email. The email instructs the recipient to “Please install the latest critical update from Microsoft attached to this email.” The attachment is actually a malware file that…

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“Sextortion” Emails Still Plaguing the Campus

It’s been almost a year since I first posted about “sextortion” emails that attempt to convince you that someone has hacked your computer and recorded you watching pornography. The campus continues to get all kinds of variations on this scam,…

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Emails claiming your Office 365 account is about to be deleted are fraudulent

Emails claiming “your Office 365 account is about to be deleted” are fraudulent. They immediately ask you to pay your invoice and of course, the college provides these accounts to you out of the college budget. You are not expected…

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“Urgent Action Required” Emails are Fraudulent

Many users are receiving emails with the subject of “Urgent Action Required”. These emails are fraudulent. The content of the email suggests there is a problem with their account and incoming emails will be “placed on hold”. Various methods are…

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Employee Audit/Review Emails are Fraudulent

The end of the year saw a rash of fraudulent emails arrive on campus suggesting that an employee review or audit document was attached to them. The subjects varied from “Employee Audits” to “Employee Review” to “Employee Performance Appraisal”. These…

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