Security Alert

Equifax Cyber Breach: What You Need to Know

Mass cyber breaches, like the recent Equifax security breach, can be intimidating and alarming. In this week’s cyber security tip, we provide tips for users affected by commercial cyber breaches.

Cyber Breaches - What you should know

In situations like the Equifax cyber breach, it is best to follow the news and recommendations from the organization affected. However, there are a few additional things that you can do to better protect your credit score and your online identity.

  • One tip is to establish a credit freeze with all four credit agencies – Equifax, Transunion, Experian and Innovis. By initiating a credit freeze, or security freeze, you will restrict access to your credit report, making it more difficult for identity thieves to open up new accounts in your name. A credit freeze does not impact your credit score. You may simply contact each credit reporting company to establish the freeze. Sometimes there is a fee for this service, but it is usually $10 or less.
  • You also should regularly monitor your credit and your online banking accounts to ensure their security.
  • Regularly change your passwords, and, if it is offered, use two-factor authentication. Many banking and investing websites have employed two-factor authentication to better protect their users.

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. OIT will be posting cyber safety tips throughout the month. For more information about Cyber Security Awareness Month, visit the National Cyber Security Alliance’s website https://staysafeonline.org.

Oct. 4 Student Phishing Attempt

Thursday, October 4, 2017, many UA students received a phishing email with the subject title “Important Notice” or “Important Mail Notice”

This is a phishing attempt designed to obtain sensitive user data, like your myBama username and password, and possibly infect your system with malicious code. If you haven’t already, please delete the email.

If you did receive this email, and you did click on the link in the email to provide any sensitive information, please promptly change your myBama password and activate DUO at duo.ua.edu. Please contact the IT Service Desk with questions and concerns 205-348-5555 or itsd@ua.edu.

Below are screenshots of the emails.

Phishing Attempt

 

phishing attempt

September 14 Phishing Attempt

Thursday, September 14, 2017, many UA students, faculty and staff received a phishing email with the subject title “Your account has been queued for deletion”

This is a phishing attempt designed to obtain sensitive user data and possibly infect your system with malicious code. If you haven’t already, please delete the email.

If you did receive this email, and you did click on the link in the email to provide any sensitive information, please promptly change your myBama password and activate DUO at duo.ua.edu. Please contact the IT Service Desk with questions and concerns 205-348-5555 or itsd@ua.edu.

 

Screenshot of phishing attempt

Sept. 6 Phishing Attempt

Wednesday, September 6, 2017, many UA students, faculty and staff received a phishing email with the subject title “request closed”

This is a phishing attempt designed to obtain sensitive user data and possibly infect your system with malicious code. If you haven’t already, please delete the email.

If you did receive this email, and you did click on the link in the email to provide any sensitive information, please promptly change your myBama password and activate DUO at duo.ua.edu. Please contact the IT Service Desk with questions and concerns 205-348-5555 or itsd@ua.edu.

Phishing Attempt Screenshot

August 22 Phishing Attempt

Tuesday, August 22, 2017, many UA students, faculty and staff received a phishing email with the subject title “Hello”

This is a phishing attempt designed to obtain sensitive user data and possibly infect your system with malicious code. If you haven’t already, please delete the email.

If you did receive this email, and you did click on the link in the email to provide any sensitive information, please promptly change your myBama password and activate DUO at duo.ua.edu. Please contact the IT Service Desk with questions and concerns 205-348-5555 or itsd@ua.edu.

Below is a screenshot of the email.

August 17 Phishing Attempt

Thursday, August 17, 2017, many UA students, faculty and staff received a phishing email with the subject title “Case ID-A0722JB verification”

This is a phishing attempt designed to obtain sensitive user data and possibly infect your system with malicious code. If you haven’t already, please delete the email.

If you did receive this email, and you did click on the link in the email to provide any sensitive information, please promptly change your myBama password and activate DUO at duo.ua.edu. Please contact the IT Service Desk with questions and concerns 205-348-5555 or itsd@ua.edu.

Below is a screenshot of the email.

 

DUO Required for Direct Deposit Self Service

Effective August 1, 2017, all UA employees are required to use DUO Two Factor Authentication to access their online, self-service direct deposit banking information on myBama. DUO provides a secure avenue for UA employees to access direct deposit information from both on and off campus.

Because it requires two factors to verify an employee’s identity, DUO adds a second layer of security to myBama accounts. These factors include something you know – your username and password, and something that you have – a smartphone, landline phone or passcode, to authenticate and grant access to an account.  By requiring DUO to access direct deposit self-service banking information is to protect the myBama credentials of UA faculty, staff and students from remote attackers to ensure account security.

To activate your DUO account, visit www.duo.ua.edu. Users should follow the screen prompts and choose their preferred authentication type. Users can utilize a smartphone, a landline phone or passcodes. For more information, step-by-step instructions, and a complete tutorial, please visit www.oit.ua.edu/duo.

July 28 Phishing Attempt

Friday, July 28, 2017, many UA students, faculty and staff received a phishing email with the subject title “IT ALERT: Exchange 2017”

This is a phishing attempt designed to obtain sensitive user data and possibly infect your system with malicious code. If you haven’t already, please delete the email.

If you did receive this email, and you did click on the link in the email to provide any sensitive information, please promptly change your myBama password and activate DUO at duo.ua.edu. Please contact the IT Service Desk with questions and concerns 205-348-5555 or itsd@ua.edu.

Below is a screenshot of the email.

Student Phishing Attempt – July 28

OIT has received reports of students receiving phishing emails that pose as job offers. Specifically, an email with the subject line  “CISCOsystems PART TIME EMPLOYMENT OFFER”.

This is a fake job offer used as an attempt to steal sensitive and financial data. If you haven’t already, please delete the email. If you did respond to the email, or you did provide any sensitive or financial data, please place a report with UAPD by calling 348-5454. UAPD is aware of this phishing attack.

If students receive any future messages like this, please email security@ua.edu. The Office of Information Technology wants to remind students to recognize the red flags of phishing when checking your Crimson email.

  • Look at the “From” email address. Confirm that the @ address is from the actual company.
  • Hover over links to see the URL before you click.
  • Look for an official email signature.
  • If you didn’t apply for it, don’t open it.
  • Do not send sensitive data, like a social security number, over email.
  • Never provide financial information, like credit card numbers or bank account numbers.

If you suspect that you are a victim of a phishing attack, please change your myBama password and activate DUO. For any questions or concerns, please contact the IT Service Desk at 205-348-5555.

July 25 Phishing Attempt

Tuesday, July 25, 2017, many UA students, faculty and staff received a phishing email with the subject title “University of Alabama Email Alert”

This is a phishing attempt designed to obtain sensitive user data. If you haven’t already, please delete the email.

If you did receive this email, and you did click on the link in the email to provide any sensitive information, please promptly change your myBama password and activate DUO at duo.ua.edu. Please contact the IT Service Desk with questions and concerns 205-348-5555 or itsd@ua.edu.

Below is a screenshot of the email.