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BOLO: COVID-themed Attacks

As COVID-19 continues to dominate the news cycle and daily life, the UVM Information Security Office would like the community to Be On the Look-Out (BOLO) for cyber criminals using COVID-19 as a theme for phishing emails, scams, and other attacks on the security of your information and that of the University.

These attacks could take the form of:

  • phishing emails regarding online learning or telecommuting, potentially providing a link to log in to an “online learning portal”;
  • fraudulent donation sites;
  • news hoaxes;
  • messages that look like they come from officials (such as WHO representatives or Red Cross workers) and ask for personal information or donations.

Remember: Be wary of any email or message that urges you to take swift action, plays on your fears, or involves money. Be skeptical of “UVM” communications coming from outside of the UVM community and remember not to enter your NetID credentials on non-UVM websites.

More information on these types of phishing attacks can be found at https://www.helpnetsecurity.com/2020/03/09/coronavirus-scams/ and more information on UVM’s response to COVID-19 can be found at https://go.uvm.edu/covid19.

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