Recently, the University of Toronto (U of T) has seen an increase in targeted phishing attempts and attacks. These phishing attempts and attacks are becoming more sophisticated and polished. Some of these emails are crafted to look like urgent appeals for action from the signature of U of T leadership, including from high-level University executives, leaders and managers within academic and administrative departments. This includes fraudulent emails that appear to be sent from President Meric Gertler. U of T leaders’ signatures are being copied (from legitimate emails), their sign-off phrases and writing styles are also being mirrored and used by cyber criminals.
Recent targeting phishing attempts/attacks include:
Look out for incorrect email addresses and a sense of urgency, see example below:
What can you do if you suspect a phishing attempt/attack?
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