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Don't Be a Victim of Cyber Attacks

Follow a few simple steps to protect yourself and SLAC’s cyber network:

From the Office of the Chief Information Officer

The growing number of cyber attacks across the U.S. has become one of the most serious security threats to our nation. This reality hit close to home recently when two of SLAC’s sister laboratories in the DOE Office of Science fell victim to cyber attacks and were forced to shut down Internet access for nearly two weeks. By understanding the threat and following a few simple steps, you can help protect yourself and SLAC’s cyber network.

What is a phishing attack?

Phishing emails are one of the most common types of cyber attacks. These emails look authentic to trick you into providing personal information or opening malicious links or attachments. Phishing emails are very convincing, as they often appear to be from a trusted source, such as a bank, the Internal Revenue Service or even the DOE.

How do you avoid being a victim?

  1. Be suspicious of unsolicited email requests for personal information. If an unknown person claims to be from a trusted source, use a known phone number to verify their identity directly with the source.

  2. Never supply personal information (username, password, etc.) in email. Do not respond to email requests for personal information, and do not open links or attachments in these emails.

  3. Go to websites by entering the addresses in the browser yourself, rather than clicking on links in an email or instant message conversation.

  4. Do not use a privileged account (e.g., one with administrative rights in Windows) to read email or browse the Web.

  5. Be sure your computer has the latest updates, which close holes hackers use to attack your system. Contact your department’s IT support if you have questions about your system.

 What should you do if you think you are a victim?

 If you respond to a phishing email by mistake, notify the computer security team immediately at security@slac.stanford.edu.

Above article appeared in July 15, 2011 SLAC Today.

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Last Updated: 07/14/2011
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