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

last modified Apr 06, 2020 02:08 PM
A number of agencies including the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and Europol renewed warnings of Covid-19 related cyberattacks as significant and expected to increase against organisations and individuals.

Cybercriminals are expected to exploit the ongoing Covid-19 crisis in several different ways, which could include phishing scams and others related to increased working from home. Some of the phishing scams spotted include claims of exposure to the virus from a friend or relative, of a cure for coronavirus or financial compensation, or those that encourage you to make donations.

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. Please continue to be vigilant when responding to or sharing emails – particularly those that originate outside the University.

If you are in doubt or 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.

Further information

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