According to several alerts from state and national authorities, tensions with Russia and the United States have caused an increased number of cyberattacks, specifically in large institutions in both the private and public sectors.
On February 2, 2022, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General issued an alert warning people of fraud schemes relating to COVID-19. The alert stated that "Individuals are using testing sites, telemarketing calls, text messages, social media platforms, and door-door-door visits to perpetrate COVID-19 scams."
On 18 Jan, 2022, the FBI released a public service announcement, alert number 1-011822-PSA, warning the public that cybercriminals are tampering with Quick Response (QR) codes. The altered QR codes redirect victims to malicious sites to steal login and financial information
A recently discovered FBI training document was obtained earlier this month following a FOIA request filed by Property of the People, a US nonprofit dedicated to government transparency. It appears to contain training advice for what kind of data agents can obtain from the operators of encrypted messaging services and the legal processes they have to go through.
One of the most common cyber attacks involves sending e-mails posing as friends, professors and coworkers. Attackers are hoping you share your credentials and other personal information that they can use to compromise your account.
Learn how to identify and protect yourself against Spam and Phishing attacks HERE.
Cybersecurity is the shared responsibility of everyone. Students, staff and faculty alike can help contribute to an enviroment of safe online practices. There are many things you can do to help keep everyone’s information safe.