Cyber Security alert: Phishing and hacking emails
Argonne’s Cyber Security Program Office continues to see frequent phishing and hacking emails attempts across the lab. In recent months, these attempts have been appearing almost weekly.
Since October is designated as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, it’s a good time to review basic precautions that employees can take to avoid potential hazards of these emails. As national laboratory computer users connecting to the outside world, employees should be alert to attempts of phishing and other hacker malicious actions.
- Do not open suspicious or unusual emails or attachments. A recent example had the subject line: “[REVIEW REQUIRED]Exclusive Employee Rotations And Competency” and a hoax message from Interim Deputy Laboratory Director for Operations and Chief Operations Officer John Quintana.
- Do not give sensitive information to others unless you are sure that they are indeed who they claim to be and that they should have access to the information.
The Department of Homeland Security’s United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team has a webpage with security tips and information on avoiding social engineering and phishing attacks.
For information on how to protect yourself from phishing and hacking see the Argonne article “Top 9 tips on how to prevent cyber break-ins.”
Contact the Service Desk at ext. 2-9999, option 2, or Cyber Security at ext. 2-3456 if you receive an suspected phishing email or if you are concerned that your computer has been infected with malicious software.