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Can you spot the phish?

This week, a department at the University of Toronto (U of T) received an especially sneaky phishing email. The email used many of the hallmarks of social engineering in an attempt to manipulate recipients into clicking on a malicious link that appeared to be from the department’s manager. Luckily, members of the department recognized that ... Read More

Can machine learning make us more cyber aware?

Machine learning has gone from rags to riches over the last decade: once dismissed as a computer scientist’s pipe dream, we now live in the time of the ‘Great A.I. Awakening’ where Google Brain, neural networks and the University of Toronto’s own Vector Institute are no longer niche references for computer scientists. Machine learning has become part of the ... Read More

Student malware incident: next steps and action required

On Saturday Feb. 23, many students received a malicious email regarding a ‘refund payment’. The email contains an attachment which, if opened, causes a prompt for credentials and installs software. Please read further if you recognize this incident: If you have received the email and not opened the attachment, delete the email. If you have ... Read More

Apple currently working on FaceTime fix

Apple recently disabled its group chat function in FaceTime following user complaints that a software bug was allowing callers to activate their microphone remotely. The glitch exists in any iPhone running iOS 12.1 or later. University of Toronto Professor Emeritus and privacy expert Andrew Clement spoke with CBC’s The National on Jan. 29 about the ... Read More

Share with care: Patch and the mortifying memory

This Data Privacy Day, Patch reminds us to share with care when posting on social media. To learn more about keeping your data private, attend our Data Privacy Day pop-up booth. The booth will be held at the Bahen Centre today from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m where you can:   Join us for an exciting meet and greet with Chief ... Read More

Infographic: what’s your data privacy style?

Everyone has a different data privacy style. Where do you land on the information security scale? Are you an open book, somewhere in between or a locked vault? This Data Privacy Day take a look at your privacy, permission and location settings and make sure they reflect your expectations.   To learn more about keeping ... Read More

Privacy benchmarks: past trends, future opportunities and reasons for optimism 

Jan. 28, 2019 will mark 28 years since the signing of Convention 108, the first legally-binding treaty to address data privacy and protection for individuals. The last 30 years have been a whirlwind of information security development and so much has already changed in less than a decade. The three largest data breaches in history each took place ... Read More

Jan. 28 is Data Privacy Day  

This Jan. 28, let’s talk about data privacy. U of T’s Information Technology Services (ITS) division invites you to join us in celebrating Data Privacy Day all month long as we empower one another to keep information privacy alive in an increasingly open world.  Staff, students and faculty are invited to participate in our Data Privacy Day ... Read More

Updated information security awareness resources available

Spreading awareness and education around cyber security best practices in your classroom, academic space and/or office setting just got easier. The Security Matters educational resources have recently been revamped to offer the University of Toronto (U of T) community a more streamlined and accessible collection of digital materials. Staff, student, faculty and other interested parties can access the resource page to download quick facts, redesigned tip sheets, PowerPoint ... Read More

Phishing schemes to beware of this holiday season

Along with the holiday season comes the imminent arrival of new cyber security scams. These annual scams are socially engineered to manipulate a generous spirit, festive cheer and the high-anxiety of holiday shopping into lucrative privacy leaks and data breaches. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) reports that spoofed websites, fake shipping notifications, festive e-cards, travel scams and targeted cyber attacks against seniors are among the 12 most ... Read More