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The University of Cape Town is currently investigating a number of compromised email accounts. Students are urged to be cautious when it comes to their email accounts and any emails they receive.

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The University of Cape Town is currently investigating a number of compromised email accounts. Students are urged to be cautious when it comes to their email accounts and any emails they receive.

UCT has said that approximately 53 email accounts were compromised and are now being investigated. 

"Our Information and Communication Technology Services (ICTS) helpdesk is in the process of making contact with the owners of the possibly compromised email accounts," said the University.

UCT learned of the matter on 14 October when emails were sent from the Vice-Chancellor fraudulently.

The first email was titled 'Mamokgethi Phakeng shared “UCT Forthcoming Projects” with you' and readers were then asked to click on a link.

The second one is titled Projects and Agenda and asks that you open the attached PDF file.

Students are therefore urged to please not click on the email link or open the PDF file.

UCT said in a statement:

If you receive any of these emails or observe any suspicious activity on your UCT account, please inform the IT Helpdesk immediately by sending an email to [email protected].

ICTS has blocked various IP addresses that could be linked to the sources of the attempts, said the University.

We should all be more careful online and protect our online presence now that schooling and work has moved to online and many other processes that could require you to share your information.

If you have any questions about how to secure your online presence please check the ICTS and CSIRT websites for the latest alerts and further information. If you receive a suspicious email that differs to the ones identified above, please also report it to the IT Helpdesk at [email protected]. You can report any other cybersecurity issues to the Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT) at [email protected].

 

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Posted by University of Cape Town on Thursday, 15 October 2020

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