Information Security

Phishing Alerts

Listed below are the latest phishing scams that have been acted upon by Information Security. Think you’ve received a phishing email? Don’t click it, report it.

Email Scam (July 4, 2021): “Additional Claim”

From: Peters, Ariel M (HSC) <Ariel-Peters@ouhsc.edu> Sent: Sunday, July 04, 2021 4:02 PM Subject: Additional Claim IDES Process your additional $1400 weekly claim without delay, please provide accurate and complete information on your Unemployment Claim (Regular...

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Email Scam (June 30, 2021): “Account Verification”

From: The University of Chicago <accesschael3@virginmedia.com> Sent: Wednesday, June 30, 2021 3:36 PM Subject: Account Verification Dear UChicago User, Your University of Chicago account is due for upgrade. Kindly upgrade immediately to avoid account suspension...

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Security News

Check here for the latest security alerts that may affect you.

Ransomware Attacks

Ransomware attacks are one of the most serious cybersecurity threats we face at the University of Chicago. Ransomware is a type of malicious software that steals user data, disables the user system, and then demands payment from the victim in order to reenable system...

3 Steps to Fight Phishing

Chances are good that at some point you’ve received a suspicious email urging you to click on a link or open an attachment. This email was most likely an example of the cybercrime known as phishing. Phishing is when cybercriminals send malicious emails designed to...

3 Facts About the Internet of Things (IoT) and Guide to Best Practices

It’s likely you own one or more items that are part of the Internet of Things (IoT). This collective term is used to describe a growing number of consumer, medical, and business items that are used to sense, control, and communicate data and activities. The IoT has...

3 Wi-Fi Habits to Adopt Today

Studies have shown that most mobile device users — even those who are security-savvy — tend to throw caution to the wind when it comes to connecting to open-access, public Wi-Fi networks. Public networks are displayed in the list of Wi-Fi networks without a lock icon....

Beware Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cyber Scams

We would like to warn everyone to remain vigilant for scams related to coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). Cyber criminals may send phishing emails with malicious attachments or links to fraudulent websites to trick victims into revealing sensitive information or donating to...

Urgent? Are you available? Assistance needed immediately.

Have you received an email with this as a subject? Seemingly from your manager or department chair. Information Security wants to make you aware of an active, persistent scam that is targeting the University as well as many other institutions. These types of email...

Add a University Account Recovery Email and Phone Number

If you’re unable to log in with your CNetID and password to access University services, you can call IT Services for support during business hours. But what happens if you get locked out late at night and can’t reach ITS? Fortunately, you can set up a University...

Threatening Hoax Email

Written by Craig Drake, Information Security Engineer (ITS) IT Security has detected a new email scam that began affecting the University of Chicago community yesterday, December 13. The scam has been widely reported at other higher education institutions. The email...