The top 20 universities based in the U.S. are failing to implement proper DMARC protections and policies, opening the door for fraudsters to spoof their email domains and convincingly impersonate them at a time when students are likely expecting to receive a wealth digital communications related to back-to-school instructions, researchers warn.
In particular, students and faculty members may be looking out for important updates regarding how educational institutions will handle the challenges of Covid-19.
“Over the course of the pandemic, we’ve seen hackers capitalize on opportune moments in their phishing attacks," Tim Sadler, CEO and co-founder of Tessian, told SC Media. "Now, as schools communicate their back-to-school plans and the safety measures they're taking to make students feel comfortable returning to campus, it’s likely that hackers will take advantage of this moment too. With students and staff eagerly anticipating news and updates, the influx of communications offers a ripe opportunity for hackers to launch phishing attacks impersonating university administrators, professors or even fellow students.”
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