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 […]

Advisory Security Notice: Scam calls targeting international students

We have been advised by the Student Services & International Relations department of an active, sophisticated scam campaign targeting international students. There have been a number of scam calls from individuals claiming to be employees of York University, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Recently, a number of international […]

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 […]