March 2020


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Greg Kuchyt <[log in to unmask]>
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Technology Discussion at UVM <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 16 Mar 2020 18:39:07 +0000
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It's something everyone should be aware of in so much that at this moment malicious actors are capitalizing on the current global anxiety for malintent and personal gain.

Just as we are engaging in additional physical measures to mitigate our personal health, we need to be engaging in additional cognitive measures to gauge the veracity of information out there on the Internet. One needs to ask critical questions about information being presented. I.e. Would Johns Hopkins host a highly popular resource at a random .com or is it more likely to be attached to their domain that has a standing reputation as being canonical JHU affiliated information? If in doubt, ttick to known authoritative/institutional resources like Vermont Health, CDC, WHO, etc and don't click random links if you don't feel you can trust where they go.

We (ETS) blocked access to that particular URL on campus last week but those measures don't apply to anyone not on UVM's network. 

On 3/16/20, 14:01, "Technology Discussion at UVM on behalf of Stephanie Boyd" <[log in to unmask] on behalf of [log in to unmask]> wrote:

    Hi All,
    I just saw the post below on UVM Police’s facebook page.  Is this something we should be concerned about?
    The US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has issued an Awareness Message regarding a malicious website masquerading
     as a live map for Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins University. This link is circulating on the Internet to entice unwitting users to visit. Visiting the website infects the user with the AZORult trojan, an information stealing program which
     can exfiltrate a variety of sensitive data. The URL for the malicious site is (corona-virus-map[dot]com).
    Exercise caution when opening email links, even if the sender seems reputable. Information on how to identify e-mail phishing and ransomware attacks can be found via the University
     of Vermont <>'s Information Technology page: <>
    Please report any suspicious emails to [log in to unmask]
    Link to the facebook post is here: <>
    Stephanie Boyd
    IT Assistant/Programmer
    Grossman School of Business
    234 Kalkin Hall