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Official communiques from the office of the Chief Information Security Officer

March 19, 2020 – special advisory on phishing messages

In response to the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation, the University has seen an increase in targeted phishing attacks and scams. These attempts are becoming more sophisticated and polished. Some of these messages are crafted to look like urgent appeals to help with COVID-19 responses or appear to have the signature of a senior leader at ... Read More

Jan. 27, 2020 – CRA scam targets university communities

I am writing to advice you of an email scam circulating from what appears to be the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). This current scam is targeting student, faculty and staff at universities across the country. It states that a tax credit is owing to recipient and requests a response in order to receive the refund. ... Read More

July 26, 2019 – special advisory on phishing messages

Recently, the University of Toronto (U of T) has seen an increase in targeted phishing attempts and attacks. These phishing attempts and attacks are becoming more sophisticated and polished. Some of these emails are crated to look like urgent appeals for action from the signature of U of T leadership, including from high-level University executives, ... Read More