Office of the Chief Information Security Officer


April 16, 2021

LinkedIn users targeted

Cybercriminals use LinkedIn’s public-facing service to collect information about LinkedIn members, the same information LinkedIn displays to non-members to include members’ names and job titles. Phishers are using this information to send malicious email messages to LinkedIn members under the guise of an employment opportunity. Currently, the phishers are attaching Zip files with names that…

March 25, 2021

IRS-themed phish

This week there are at least two phishing campaigns impersonating the IRS that are targeting the UW community. If you see an email with the subject Your Payroll Direct Deposit or Recalculation of Your Tax Refund Payment, delete it. In this case, there is no need to report these particular messages to our service center…

March 19, 2021

Separate admin and user accounts

Are you using an account with administrative (admin) privileges to perform day-today work tasks? Many people do, but it is not a recommended practice. Here’s why: Adversaries can gain access to your computer through successful phishing attacks or if you unintentionally download malware from an infected website. If this happens while you are using an…

February 25, 2021

IRS: Tax season scams

The IRS released two notices last week regarding tax season scams. The first, for tax filing professionals, described a phishing scheme in which scammers impersonated the IRS and requested verification of the filer’s Electronic Filing Identification Number (EFIN) and driver’s license. This information could be used to submit fraudulent returns using the tax professional’s identity….

February 11, 2021

Update: Vishing Attacks at UW

vishing phone

Update about specific vishing attacks, 2/10/21 We’ve received multiple reports that someone claiming to be from “UW Physicians” is making fraudulent calls and leaving voice messages to collect payment for office visits. The messages urge the targeted individual to call an 800 number to remit payment. Be aware that scammers use a variety of tactics…

January 12, 2021

Phishing and W-2s

As tax season arrives, cybercriminals use phishing messages to target W-2 forms. Read more about these scams in our annual message Aaron Powell, UW-IT Vice President and CIO, and visit our Education page to find information and resources for protecting your W-2 forms and other personal and UW data from cybercriminals. Go to Annual Message…

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