Information Security

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 […]

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    Resisting the lure: How to protect against phishing attempts

Resisting the lure: How to protect against phishing attempts

Have you ever been sent a phishing email? And more importantly, do you know what to look out for?

Spoof email alert: LSE staff email accounts targeted

IMT have recently been made aware of a spoof email that’s been sent to several LSE email accounts. The email invites recipients to download an invoice from a malicious link. Some of these emails claim to be from senior members of LSE or other Universities, and others from the UK government.

Warning: Phishing Email

Please be aware that we have received notification of a phishing email that is masquerading as being sent from the It.Servicedesk email address. The email contains the following text:

Dear Staff & Students,

Service authentication is currently on-going.
We are presently carrying out member verification service to eradicate un-used accounts.
We advice you verify your LSE User name to avoid deactivation.

IMT […]

Spam Emails | Be Careful of Attachments

LSE staff and students are regularly the target of spam and phishing emails.

Recently IMT has received reports about spam emails containing malicious word or excel attachments. These emails are carefully crafted in order to dupe you into opening the attachment, for example by pretending to come from a government authority, a delivery company or even from a spoofed LSE […]

Beware of CV scams!

It is possible for scammers to use your CV to steal your identity.

On CVs, there is typically a lot of information and personal details. Always be careful of uploading your CVs to sites, or sending it to someone who you don’t know. Make sure you only share your CV with a reputable company, or someone you trust.

Don’t include details […]

Working safely in the field

There are a number of things to remember about working safely in the field, or conducting off-site activities.

LSE’s Health and Safety team provide some good guidance for those considering fieldwork and other off-site activities:

Fieldwork and other off-site activities policy statement
Health and Safety guide for fieldwork and off-site activities
Fieldwork and off-site visits

When working remotely or abroad, be aware of handling […]

Dangers of Dropbox and things to remember when sharing big files

Dropbox is one of the most popular services on campus for saving and sharing large files but if you are using it, or any other online storage service, there are some things you should consider:

The service may own your data and documents

Read the terms and conditions. Some services claim ownership of everything hosted on them, meaning that they own […]