Update cyber security 19-02-21: University of Amsterdam

University of Amsterdam

The situation concerning cyber security remains the same as yesterday. Education and research at the UvA and AUAS are currently experiencing very little hindrance from the cyber-attack: all systems are online and available for use.

Be extra aware of phishing

Phishing emails are currently circulating that play into the cyber-attack. Attackers are trying to take advantage of the current situation. They send emails to employees and students, supposedly from the AUAS or the UvA, with the request to check the account or change the password. We ask you to be extra alert.

What do you have to pay attention to?

  • Check the address carefully: does this email actually come from the sender?
  • Check whether the link in the email refers to a reliable web address, for example by hovering your mouse over the link.
  • Only open an attachment if you expect to receive a file from this sender and if the attachment seems trustworthy. If in doubt, call the sender and ask them if they have indeed sent this email including an attachment. Pay extra attention to zip-files.
  • Be wary if you are asked to activate Office macros. This is most likely the wrong thing to do.

See also the infographic below.

Infographic Phishing

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