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Be alert to cyber attacks

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The number of cyber attacks against the University is always high, but the attacks are growing in sophistication.
In addition to direct attempts to intrude or exploit vulnerabilities in our IT systems, phishing (aimed at stealing login credentials) and the spread of malicious software known as malware are on the rise.

Fraudulent emails, especially so-called CEO scams, have increased markedly. These scams usually reach recipients via email but can also come via social media platforms such as Facebook or LinkedIn.

Phishing takes the form of emails containing links that lead to fake websites which require you to log in. These scam emails are sometimes well crafted and, if password details are provided, can be used by fraudsters to gain quick access to an organisation’s internal systems.

Here are some tips on how to prevent cyber attacks:

  • Verify the sender’s address and message: Ask yourself if the sender’s address is correct and the message is reasonable. Be particularly alert to fake sender addresses, such as those ending in “”.
  • Avoid clicking on suspicious links and attachments: Review messages carefully before clicking on links or opening attachments in emails. Be sceptical and cautious.
  • Reporting IT security incidents quickly: If you suspect fraud, report it immediately to the LU Servicedesk. Rapid reporting can minimise the consequences of an attack.
  • Change your password immediately if something seems suspect: If you have the slightest suspicion that anything suspect has occurred or that someone has gained unauthorised access to your information, change your password immediately and report the incident.
  • Separate your use of email addresses: Avoid using your University email address for private situations to reduce the risk of responding to fraudulent messages.

For further information on how to report IT security incidents and to take LU’s free online information security training course, please visit: