Covid-19 IT Security alert - beware of scams
Thu, 9 April 20
IT Services are aware of several scams purported to be offering advice on the COVID-19 pandemic or encouraging people to engage with supposed government agencies in the collection of data. These scams are using a variety of methods such as phishing, malware distribution, direction to specifically registered domain names containing wording related to Covid-19 themes and attacks on remote access infrastructure.
Cyber criminals are often masquerading as official or trusted agencies. Text messages, emails or websites containing Covid-19 related phrases are using methods such as inviting you to ‘click here’ or ‘download an app’.
IT Services encourages individuals to remain vigilant and take the following precautions:
- Avoid clicking on links in unsolicited emails and be wary of email attachments. See our Phishing information webpage.
- Use trusted sources—such as legitimate, government websites.
- For all information on Covid19, follow the Government guidelines on https://www.gov.ie/ or https://www.hse.ie
UCD related information can be found at https://www.ucd.ie/sirc/coronavirus/
Word Health Organisation (WHO) - https://www.who.int
- Do not reveal personal or financial information in email, and do not respond to email solicitations for this information.
- Verify a charity’s authenticity before making donations.