Advisories & Alerts

Zoom Privacy and Security Guidance

Privacy and information security for the York community are of paramount importance. With the recent move to online courses via the Zoom video conferencing service, some privacy and cybersecurity concerns have been raised by the campus community. This article addresses some of these concerns and provides guidance to help protect their privacy and the privacy […]

Advisory Security Notice: Defending Against COVID-19 Cyber Scams

Please remain vigilant for cybersecurity scams related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).  Cyber actors may send emails with malicious attachments or links to fraudulent websites to trick victims into revealing sensitive information or donating to fraudulent charities or causes.   Do not install Android or Apple related software with COVID-19 Heat Map Patient Tracking or go […]

Advisory Security Notice: Fraud targeting Covid-19 researchers

We have been advised by the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security (CCCS) of an active, sophisticated cyber campaign targeting COVID-19 researchers. The campaign begins with phishing email and includes the use of ransomware that could hinder research activity. The CCCS are asking researchers, especially those working on COVID-19 related research, to exercise elevated levels of […]

Information Security Notice: “UNICEF internship program offer” Phishing

A large number of phishing emails were sent to York email accounts, part of a known scam advertising a fake job opportunity i.e. UNICEF internship program. The emails are fraudulent and intended to trick recipients into providing personal information such as a personal (non-YorkU) email address and a phone number. At that point additional correspondence […]

Phish Alert - Alerte

Various York University community members have received a phishing email which appears to be coming from the recipient themselves. The email is written in French, and states that the user's account has been compromised. The attacker claims to have explicit videos of the user and demands €1200 (euro) in bitcoin to prevent this footage from […]

Phish Alert - Your.Antivirus.Has.Expired⚠️Your computer is infected⛔️

Various members of the YorkU community have received a fake email with the subject "<username>Your.Antivirus.Has.Expired⚠️Your computer is infected⛔️" The email states that the user's Norton Security subscription has expired and urges them to renew their subscription. The link in the email re-directed users to an external site that is malicious. The email can safely be […]

Phish Alert - BUSY

Various York email users have received a spoofed phishing message with the subject of the email 'BUSY'. Spoofing is the act of disguising a communication from an unknown source as being from a known, trusted source. In the email, the sender is disguising themselves as a member of the York University community and want the user to […]