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Cyber security news roundup: malicious Chrome extensions, COVID-19 inspired attacks, Zoom vulnerability for Windows 7 users & more

In an increasingly digital world, cyber security issues are an inevitable (and ever-growing) part of the landscape. Here is a brief roundup of some of the most interesting recent news items from the past month.

International students benefit from new network service

Information Technology Services (ITS) launched the Alibaba Cloud Enterprise Network (CEN) to provide lower latency connectivity for international students living in mainland China. To date (as of July 23, 2020), the CEN service has had a total of 728 unique logins. Within the last 24 hours, there have been a maximum of 90 concurrent connections, including 51 in Shanghai, 35 in Beijing and 13 in Shenzhen.

Recent phish impersonate U of T employees, offer jobs

U of T continues to receive reports of common email phishing attempts crafted to look like enticing job opportunities, requests to update or migrate to a new system and more. Students, staff and faculty are encouraged to maintain caution when dealing with suspicious emails, texts or phone calls.

Partnerships helping ORION strengthen cyber security

ORION is a not-for-profit organization offering critical infrastructure for collaboration and providing researchers, educators and innovators with tools and internet connectivity. ORION's new Ontario Cybersecurity Higher Education Consortium brings together representatives from 29 higher education institutions, including the University of Toronto (U of T), to collaborate on the preparation and response to cyber security threats.

Beware of COVID-19-related scams

Cyber criminals are capitalizing on the ongoing COVID-19 crisis by taking advantage of consumers’ vulnerabilities and uncertainties. According to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, there have been 766 reports and $1.2 million lost to COVID-19-related fraud between March 6 and May 1, 2020.

Canada’s cyber security authority provides guidance for remote workers

To address the unique cyber security needs facing remote workers as a result of COVID-19, the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security (Cyber Centre), Canada’s authority on cyber security, is providing helpful advice and guidance on its website.

Information Security Council: Goals and objectives

The Information Security Council (ISC) exists to ensure broad consultation in planning and decision-making processes as they relate to information security.

New web page offers security resources for remote workers

To ensure cyber safety isn’t compromised during this time of uncertainty and isolation, the Information Security team is regularly updating the Security Matters website with up-to-date tips, videos and resources.

Tax filers beware: CRA impersonators attack through phishing emails 

Tax season is upon us and cyber criminals are using this opportunity to set traps for taxpayers. A common scam is phishing emails that purport to be official communications from tax filing companies or legitimate messages from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). They often contain deceptive language that entices the recipient(s) to follow specific instructions.  ... Read More

Cyber threat trends for 2020

In February, IBM released its 2020 Threat Intelligence Index to highlight the most prominent cyber security risks and trends collected from the past year. With a good understanding of this report, organizations can make well-informed decisions on the battle against cyber crime and learn more about protecting data online.  Cyber crime trends and approaches  As the use of smart devices are a reality, cyber criminals ... Read More