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Thursday, March 19, 2020

From the CIO and Vice President for Enrollment, Marketing, and Communications

Posted: Thursday, March 19, 2020

Beware of Linking to Coronavirus COVID-19 Information

A malicious website purporting to be a live map of coronavirus COVID-19 global cases, published by Johns Hopkins University, is circulating on the Internet. Once visited, the website infects the user’s device with an information-stealing program that can export a variety of sensitive data without the user's knowledge.

It is likely being spread via infected e-mail attachments (phishing), malicious online advertisements (also phishing), and other social engineering methods. Anyone searching the Internet for a coronavirus map could accidentally click on the link and be taken to this malicious website. Be especially careful while using social media like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Please remember: don’t automatically click on any link. Some suggestions are to look at the link and determine where it is from. Look for misspellings in the e-mail. Hover your mouse cursor over e-mail addresses to see where they are from. Hover over link addresses to see where they go. Be mindful. Be safe.