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Cyber attack: Do not open attachments of suspicious emails

30 January 2019

The University is currently the target of a cyber attack. Staff and students receive a trojan through emails with an attachment. A trojan is a virus that makes it possible for hackers to steal confidential data, including the passwords stored in your browser(s).

What is a suspicious email?
The email may appear as if it has been sent to you by someone at Leiden University. But it may also come from another source. The message has an English text about an invoice and a Word file containing the virus. These email messages are actively blocked, but there is still a risk of the virus reappearing in modified forms.

PC or laptop infected?
Is your PC or laptop infected with the virus or do you suspect any infection? Follow these steps immediately:

  1. Contact the ISSC via 071 527 8888;
  2. Always reset your ULCN password;
  3. Reset your other passwords, e.g., from your personal email account or your bank. It is possible that there has been unauthorised access to your accounts.

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