IT Security Alerts and Advisories 





Phishing for Passwords


There have been a number of recent email-based "phishing" attempts in which recipients are requested to provide their login credentials.  While many of these campaigns look obviously suspicious, some have been very carefully crafted so as to appear to be genuine.

Please be advised that IT Services will never request users to divulge their login information via email.  If you are the recipient of such an email request, please ignore it and delete it. 

If you suspect that you may have been a victim of such a phishing attempt, you should change your password immediately.

 For more information on phishing, see the following article entitled Anatomy of a Phishing Attempt.

CASL

In December 2010, Canada passed CASL, the new Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation.

Now in force since July 1, 2014, this new law prohibits:

 > Sending of commercial electronic messages (CEMs) without the express permission of the recipient 
 > Alteration of transmission data which causes a message to be sent to a different destination without prior consent 
Installation of software without the express consent of the computer system's owner 

Will this put an end to spam?  No.  But it should help reduce the volume of unsolicited messages that are sent and received every day.

For more information, see Fightspam.gc.ca, the Canadian government’s anti-spam site.

 
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