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Security Alerts

Use of TikTok on BCIT Devices

BCIT has been closely monitoring the recent developments on the use of the TikTok application (app) and related security concerns. As a precaution to safeguard personal and Institute information, BCIT is issuing a temporary ban on the use of TikTok on all BCIT-issued devices. This decision follows the Government of Canada and the BC Government’s temporary ban of TikTok on all government-issued devices due to privacy and security concerns.

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Increased Phishing Related to COVID-19

COVID-19 related phishing attempts are on an increase! The Canadian Centre for Cyber Security has seen an escalation in reports of adversaries leveraging public fear of, and interest in, the COVID-19 pandemic to spread malware that can infect corporate and personal systems.

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Scammers spoofing more than a dozen federal government departments to defraud Canadians

Scam artists are using phone numbers from more than a dozen federal government departments to defraud Canadians — making it look as if the calls are coming from legitimate government agencies and police departments.

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BCIT Phishing Emails

Please be advised that BCIT IT Services has received numerous reports of phishing emails. BCIT IT Services will never request any personal information and we ask that you please refrain from clicking any links in suspicious emails. If you have clicked a link and provided your credentials, you should immediately change your password.

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Instagram Phishing Emails Use Fake Login Warning Baits

Instagram users are currently targeted by a new phishing campaign that uses login attempt warnings coupled with what looks like two-factor authentication (2FA) codes to make the scam more believable.

Crooks use phishing to trick potential victims into handing over sensitive information via fraudulent websites they control with the help of a wide range of social engineering techniques, as well as messages designed to look like they’re sent by someone they know or a legitimate organization.

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Six million Canadians impacted by Capital One data breach

An alleged hacker who accessed the personal information of as many as 6 million Canadian Capital One credit applications has been arrested by the FBI, the bank said Monday.

Paige A. Thompson was charged with a single count of computer fraud and abuse in a U.S. District Court in Seattle. Thompson, who also goes by the handle “erratic”, made an initial appearance in court and was ordered to remain in custody pending a detention hearing Thursday, according to media reports.

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