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Fraudulent Unemployment Claims

March 8, 2021

Fraudulent Unemployment Claims: Impacts from External Cybersecurity Incidents Such as the Equifax Breach of 2017  Malicious attackers regularly commit unemployment fraud across the United States.  Unfortunately, some of the people who they attempt to impersonate are our employees, and we … Continued

Oversharing Online

March 5, 2021

Oversharing online while working from brings unique risks.  As folks share desktops for screen shares on calls while presenting at conferences, or even post pictures on social media of their home office, what might a scammer do with this information? … Continued

Emerging Scam: COVID-19 Vaccine Phishing

December 16, 2020

Similar to the COVID themed phishing messages seen earlier this year (you can read about those here), reports are emerging that similar messages are being received with a newer theme of “COVID Vaccines”. Exploiting fears that shortages may occur, known … Continued

Impersonation Email Scams

November 10, 2020

Spoofing / Impersonation  Email spoofing and impersonation are techniques where a scammer creates an email message with a forged sender address in hopes of deceiving the recipient into thinking the email originated from someone they know or recognize. Scammers will … Continued

Using Caution With E-mail Attachments

June 23, 2020

Use caution when opening attachments, even when the source e-mail appears to be from someone you know. Always pay close attention to the  “From” line to ensure that the sender is not impersonating someone you normally interact with. Example: personwhosnameyouknow.unc.edu@aol.com. … Continued

Coronavirus “Safety Measures” Scam

February 5, 2020

There are reports of e-mails purporting to be from the World Health Organization (WHO) that are actually phishing messages that prey on people’s fears of the current coronavirus outbreak. Please maintain vigilance during this time of heightened sensitivity to news … Continued

Unexpected Attack Vectors: Charging Cables

November 5, 2019

Most people are aware that plugging unknown USB drives into your computer is probably a bad idea, but what about using charging cables from unknown sources? Articles from both Forbes magazine (link HERE) and Vice (link HERE) have some pretty … Continued

Tip: Beware of Dubious Donation Scams

April 22, 2019

When tragedy strikes, scammers go to work on taking advantage of people’s desire to help. If you receive communications regarding donating to charity, there are resources available to help you navigate the legitimacy of the organization. These organizations offer reports … Continued

Tip: Employment Scams

February 28, 2019

Recently, the Information Security Office has been alerted to an uptick in attempts to gather personal information from students via fake job offers purporting to be from research employment opportunities. Here are some tips to help you sort out whether … Continued

Tip: Tax Season

January 23, 2019

Tax season is upon us, and with it, an opportunity for scammers to try and capture your personal information for financial gain. Maintain vigilance, and if you get a strange feeling about phone call or e-mail, don’t hesitate to follow … Continued