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Universities admit to being duped by phishing emails

Posted by Babatunde Onabajo on Friday, April 28th, 2017 at 10:11

A large proportion of universities queried after a Freedom of Information request admit that they have fallen victim to phishing emails. 

Universities admit to being duped by phishing emails

A Freedom of Information (FOI) request by Duo Security to 70 universities – of which 51 responded – showed that seven out of 10 universities in the UK fell victim to phishing scams. This included institutions which award GCHQ-certified qualifications, such as the University of Oxford with their MSc Software and Systems Security and the University of Cranfield with their MSc Cyber Defence and Information Assurance.


Henry Seddon of Duo Security said: “The challenge is that phishing attacks are increasingly sophisticated – a targeted spear phishing attack can be particularly difficult to spot – but they can ultimately compromise the security of the entire network.”


The finding comes after ActionFraud, the national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre, warned of a specific phishing scam relating to a false announcement of a pay rise.


You can read the entire report here

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