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Increase in Job Scam Emails

Like many Universities, the Information Security Team is seeing an increase in job scam emails.  For an overview of what these emails commonly look like and how the scams work, please read School of Hard Knocks: Job Fraud Threats Target University Students.

Russia/Ukraine Conflict

As the situation continues to deteriorate in the Russia-Ukraine conflict, DU IT wants to ensure the University community that we are taken the necessary steps to protect students, faculty, staff, and overall compute environments from potential cyber events.

While there is no single action we can take to protect us against nation state-sponsored cyber operations and their commonly used tactics, techniques, and procedures for cyber-attacks; we are taking the following steps that help provide broad protection against a possible cyber incident.

  1. We have collected and evaluated the latest intelligence on this crisis from a variety of sources, focusing particularly on recently discovered breach attempts to other higher-education institutions.  
  2. Our managed service of elite cyber threat hunters constantly monitor our environment and can detect and disrupt intricate threats immediately.
  3. Our Security Operation Center’s defense platforms have received near-daily updates to ensure we have the best protection possible. This include blocking hundreds of malicious domain names, IP addresses, URLs, malware, and vulnerabilities related to newly discovered attack vectors.

Should you see anything that looks odd or an anomaly, don’t take any chances, let us know right away at

Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, a global effort to help everyone stay safe and protected when using technology whenever and however you connect. The theme for the month is “Do Your Part – Be CyberSmart” and University of Denver is proud to be a champion and support this online safety and education initiative this October. The DU Information Security Team will be sending weekly emails throughout the month with relevant cyber security learning materials, stay tuned...

Unemployment Fraud Scheme

Identity theft occurs when criminals steal your personally identifiable information (PII) and use it to commit fraud, such as making unauthorized transactions or purchases.  
Please visit Unemployment Fraud page for more information.

Apple OS "Pegasus"

You may have seen recent reports of a new malicious code called “Pegasus” that is impacting all Apple operating systems including those on iPads, iMac, Macbooks, and Apple Watches. According to reports, the malware could allow hackers to install Spyware on your device without your knowledge. Apple has released a software update that addresses this issue and recommends all users install it.  More information on the vulnerability and available remedies can be found by clicking on the links below:

USA Today Pegasus
Apple Security Update