How to recognize the University of Oxford Web Login Pages

Phishing emails are one of the most common attempt to steal user’s personal or sensitive information. Cyber criminals commonly target University users with phishing emails. They usually include a link that redirects users to a fake web login page that … Continue reading

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Payment Redirection Fraud

Here is an example scenario… You receive an email requesting a payment. It could be for rent, it could be fees for a course or any other legitimate reason. Typically, the payment is a significant sum. The email contains the … Continue reading

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Phishing campaigns targeting students

Everyone is busy at Christmas. As the old year ends people’s thoughts turn to making plans for traveling, for shopping, for celebrations and for what the new year might hold. We are distracted and perhaps a little more optimistic than … Continue reading

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Major Dridex Banking Malware Outbreak

Beginning Friday and continuing through the weekend, OxCERT’s network security monitoring has picked up an extreme number of PCs infected with the ‘Dridex’ family of banking malware. This malware is a specialised form of computer virus, tailored specifically to Windows-based … Continue reading

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Financial Fraud Targeting University Departments

OxCERT have received an escalating number of reports of highly convincing financial fraud emails directed at University Finance Officers and others responsible for issuing large financial payments. This threat goes beyond simple ‘phishing’ campaigns, this is clearly a direct and … Continue reading

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Targeted financial fraud

We were recently alerted to an example of an attempted highly-targeted financial fraud. Now, we see fraudulent emails all the time, but fortunately most are immediately apparent to the recipients. In this case, however, the attacker had done their homework. … Continue reading

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‘CTB-Locker’ Ransomware Campaign

Over the last several days, Oxford users have reported a growing number of suspicious emails to the OxCERT team; this has coincided with the discovery of a number of personal and University machines afflicted by a new ‘ransomware’ variant known … Continue reading

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New Malware Campaign – ‘Dyre’ Banking Trojan

In recent days OxCERT have witnessed a sharp rise in the incidence of emails associated with the ‘Dyre’ banking malware family. This strain of malware concerns itself with the theft of financial data including credit card details, logins to payment … Continue reading

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New e-Mail Malware Campaign, “Order Number…”

OxCERT have received a large number of reports regarding a large-scale malware distribution campaign currently targeting University staff and users. This campaign operates by email, with the distinctive subject line ‘Order Number 86514719983’; the number seems to be random and many … Continue reading

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Google Blocks

We recently felt it necessary to take, temporarily, extreme action for the majority of University users: we blocked Google Docs. Why would we do such a thing, you might well ask. Surely Google Docs is a perfectly legitimate site, widely … Continue reading

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