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Beware phishing scams: criminals are exploiting the COVID-19 crisis

last modified Mar 24, 2020 05:29 PM
The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is urging people to stay vigilant and follow online safety advice as criminals are exploiting the COVID-19 crisis online.

The NCSC revealed a range of techniques that criminals are using. This includes phishing emails or malicious sites that claim to contain important updates about COVID-19, but when users visit them or click on links result in devices being infected, which could lead to financial loss or loss of sensitive data. 

Paul Chichester, Director of Operations at the NCSC, said: "We know that cyber criminals are opportunistic and will look to exploit people's fears, and this has undoubtedly been the case with the Coronavirus outbreak. Our advice to the public is to follow our guidance, which includes everything from password advice to spotting suspect emails."

What to do if you are suspicious of an email

UIS has blocked many of the offending websites on the University Data Network, but if you are away from Cambridge and working from home you will not benefit from this protection and remain vulnerable if you click on a suspicious link either via a malicious website or from within an email. 

If you suspect an email to be malicious:

What to do if you clicked on something suspicious:

  • Use the Raven Password Management site to change your password, but do not use the same device that you used to click on the link as this may have become infected and could detect your change of password.

  • Forward the email to .

  • Report an incident.

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