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    Recent Phishing Attempt: Notification of Online Office Survey

Recent Phishing Attempt: Notification of Online Office Survey

LSE has been targeted by a phishing attempt which asks students and staff to click on a link to complete a survey.

The message claims that the survey will both help avoid online identity theft and improve the quality of teaching. The emails that we have seen have come from compromised LSE accounts: It is not a genuine LSE email.

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Recent Phishing Attempt: What to look out for

This weekend LSE was targeted by a sophisticated phishing/spoofing email purporting to be from the IT Service Desk.

The message claimed to be about the ‘Spectre’ and ‘Meltdown’ vulnerabilities and asked you to click on a link to take you to a quarantine portal for security reasons.

A spoofing* email is sometimes very hard to spot because it uses real recognisable […]

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    Your devices are vulnerable to Spectre and Meltdown processor flaws: Protect them now

Your devices are vulnerable to Spectre and Meltdown processor flaws: Protect them now

Meltdown and Spectre are computer processor flaws that can be used to access the data they store – like passwords or personal data.

The biggest problem with this processor vulnerability is how widespread it is – not only does it affect multiple operating systems, it also affects all devices with processors. This means your phone and tablet are just as […]

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    All I want for Christmas is your password and your bank details…

All I want for Christmas is your password and your bank details…

It might be the season of goodwill, but there are still lots of people out there who want to get their hands on your personal data.
Stay alert to phishing attempts over the Christmas break – we often see a spike in scam emails sent on Christmas day and Boxing day. 
A phishing email might make alarming claims, or offer you […]

MacOS High Sierra security vulnerability

A security vulnerability in macOS High Sierra (10.13), which allows users to gain access to admin rights without a password, has been discovered.
This means that anyone who has physical access to your Mac (or can access it via remote desktop) can easily log into it and gain full control over it.
If you own a Mac computer or laptop, you’ll need […]

Phishing Attempts with Bogus Dropbox Link

Please be aware of a malicious email campaign currently targeting our email accounts today.

The purpose of the message is to induce you into handing over your personal information (e.g. date of birth, address or bank details)

The message looks like this:

This email is a scam – If you click on the link, you will be taken to harvesthotlineaustralia.com not Dropbox! To check url, hover over […]

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    Recent Scam Emails: Becoming a Mystery Shopper or Applying for Large Loans

Recent Scam Emails: Becoming a Mystery Shopper or Applying for Large Loans

Recently we’ve seen a lot of students targeted with emails about:

becoming a mystery shopper
applying for large loans

These emails are scams, designed to lure you into giving away your personal details, including bank account details, address and date of birth.

Please do not respond to these messages or click on any links. If you receive something like this in […]

Be aware of phishing attempts at LSE

Since the start of Michaelmas term, there’s been an increased amount of phishing emails that have been sent to LSE accounts.

If you are sent a suspicious email, do not respond to it. Responding to a phishing email can result in the sender getting access to your passwords, bank details and other confidential personal data.

Report any suspicious emails to imt.infosec@lse.ac.uk […]

Everything you need to know about ransomware

Today we’re bringing you our guide on ransomware, covering everything from recent high-profile attacks, to how ransomware works and how you can protect your devices.

Warning: Petya virus ransomware attack

A new wave of ransomware is spreading globally, with many firms hit by the cyber-attack. This is similar in nature to the WannaCry attacks experienced by the NHS and other organisations last month.

The route of attack is currently unclear, however it’s suspected that delivery is via an email with zip or PDF files attached.

IMT would like to stress once again:

Please ensure you have applied all […]