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Warning: phishing emails in circulation!

17 March 2020

A number of mails are currently circulating that are supposedly from the RIVM (the Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and the Environment) and the World Health Organization. These are often phishing mails: cybercriminals are exploiting the situation with many of us now working from home. Do not open files or click on links if you are in any doubt.

On its website, the National Cyber Security Center provides some tips for working from home. These include:

  • Use a trusted and secure (wifi) network.
  • Be aware that the response time may be poor because of capacity problems. This may slow down applications.
  • Expect to receive phishing emails and fake emails that are circulating about coronavirus. Criminals are taking advantage of current developments and are sending phishing emails or spreading malware that purports to provide information about coronavirus. If you receive a suspicious email, please inform the ISCC/helpdesk. If you are in any doubt, do not click on any links or open any attachments. Contact the helpdesk instead..
  • In general: do not click on links in unexpected emails. Do not open unexpected files. Do not enter any details (such as passwords) in unexpected emails or emails from people you do not know. The ISSC never asks for passwords in emails!
  • Follow the University guidelines on information security. Take good care of University information, also at home, and be vigilant about what you discuss in messaging apps, during video conferences and in other communication tools.
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