Confederation College is warning students of a fraud scheme, after the college’s recent security breach after a malware incident. Staff are reminding students that they will not ask you for personal information by phone.
The college says that at least one student has received an automated phone call where the recent malware incident is referenced, and the message asked the individual to press buttons to take certain actions. This is fraud, and you should hang up immediately.
At this time, there is no evidence that any personal information of students has been removed or taken, though a forensic investigation is being conducted by a cyber expert. If personal information was taken, Confederation College will contact those affected.
The college adds that if you receive a similar call, you are asked to contact your Confederation College campus to let them know. International students are asked to speak with the International Education Centre.
The college says that they learned of the issue on February 1, and core IT services were restored on February 3. The college says they have since installed additional protective software to detect any suspicious activity. All students are advised to reset their passwords as an added security precaution.
However, Confederation College’s email service is still down for all teaching staff, and some students. Students who were affected by the outage and may have missed course work or deadlines are asked to speak to their teachers.
Students with college desktops or laptops that are working much slower than usual are asked to call 807-475-6488.
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