Security Alert

October 26 Student Phishing Attempt

Thursday, October 26, 2017, many UA students received a phishing email with the subject title “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 is a screenshot of the email.

Phishing Attempt

October 26 Phishing Attempt

Thursday, October 26, 2017, many UA employees received a phishing email with the subject title “Emergency Notification”

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.

Phishing Attempt

Cybersecurity: Keeping Your Personal Identity Personal

Cybersecurity is an evolving field. As security professionals find new solutions and strategies to block attacks, hackers are creating new approaches to discover sensitive data. If one thing is certain about the field of cybersecurity, it’s that it’s not going anywhere. 
Cyber Security Tips

UA’s Office of Information Technology has a few tips to ensure your sensitive data is always protected.

  • Passwords are still important. Choose a strong password. OIT recommends that passwords be 12 characters or more, with a mixture of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and special characters. Use a phrase that’s easy for you to remember, harder for someone else to figure out. If two-factor authentication is offered, use it. Gmail, iCloud and many banks now offer two-factor authentication.
  • Consider establishing a credit freeze, and monitor your credit. You can easily establish a credit freeze with the four major credit bureaus: Equifax, Experian, Transunion and Innovis. A credit freeze does not impact your credit score; it simply makes it more difficult for identity thieves to open new accounts in your name. Sometimes there is a fee for this service, but it is usually $10 or less.
  • Remember the red flags of phishing. As we approach the holiday season, the phishers will be in full force attempting to steal your sensitive data. Remember to hover over links before you click, and the “from” email address should match the “from” email name. For example, if you receive a tracking email from UPS, the email should derive from a ups.com email address.

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. To see all of the tips OIT has shared on cybersafety, visit oit.ua.edu/news.

Cyber Security Awareness Month – Why DUO?

The University of Alabama now has more than 40,000 DUO users. To better understand the need for DUO, this week we’re sharing facts about what we’re doing to protect UA against cyber attacks. 

Cyber Map

More than 9,100 student accounts at The University of Alabama have been compromised in the last four years. In most instances, the compromised account occurred because of phishing attempts and weak passwords. Passwords are simply not strong enough to protect the sensitive data held within myBama accounts.

OIT implemented DUO to add a second layer of security to myBama accounts. With DUO, cyber attackers cannot gain access to your myBama account unless they have your username, your password and your DUO-registered device.

The University of Alabama also blocks 105,000 cyber attacks each and every minute. These attacks originate from across the globe. Hackers want the sensitive data held within your myBama account. Protect your myBama account against attacks and phishing emails with DUO two-factor authentication. Get started at duo.ua.edu.

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

Oct. 10, 2017 Phishing Attempt

Tuesday, October 10, 2017, many UA employees received a phishing email with the subject title “RE: Microsoft outlook account unusual sign-in activity”

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.

Oct 10 Phishing Attempt

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.