cyber security: [April 2010]

Bogus Intranets Scam University Students
From "Bogus Intranets Scam University Students" by John E. Dunn, CSO, March 9, 2010

According to the security company RSA, universities and their students will soon be targeted by online criminals. The company has recently detected a sudden rise in targeted attacks on U.S. universities, particularly public state institutions, involving internal websites used to serve students with services such as webmail. These servers often contain personal data such as grades, names, addresses, and payment information. RSA speculates that gaining access to an internal server would allow hackers to launch phishing attacks that impersonate official communication, gain access to personal data to launch identity theft attacks at a later date, or set up student loan scams. "Today's college students are very Internet-savvy and open to sharing lots of personal information online, and unfortunately, not as concerned when it comes to taking appropriate measures to protect their identity online," said the company. "The recent spike in phishing attacks on U.S. colleges and universities will hopefully serve as a wake-up call for these institutions to take proactive measures to safeguard the personal information of their students and staff members," they conclude. 

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