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“Zoom Bombing” Disruptions & How To Secure Your Video Conferencing Session

March 30, 2020

As universities and institutions worldwide ramp up usage of videoconferencing applications in a shift to remote work and learning, new cybersecurity threats have emerged. One such trend is “Zoom Bombing,” wherein an individual typically uses a random number tool to guess valid Zoom meeting web addresses (or finds one shared publicly online), and then joins those sessions uninvited to cause disruption. 

Resolved: Global Protect Virtual Private Network (VPN) Issues Monday, 3/30

March 30, 2020

On Monday, March 30, UMass Amherst Information Technology (IT) became aware of an issue affecting connectivity to the Global Protect Virtual Private Network (VPN) service for some users. 

If you are still experiencing issues accessing vpn, or any other issues, please contact IT User Services at 413-545-TECH (8324) or it@umass.edu.

Security Alert! New Phishing Scam Targets UMass Amherst Community - Mon., 3/30

March 30, 2020

On March 30, 2020 a new fraudulent phishing message with the subject “Request” began targeting UMass Amherst email users.

The email appears to have been sent by “Ken Toong,” and informs the recipient “I have a task you need to handle immediately.”

Caution: This email did not come from the University of Massachusetts. It is a phishing scam designed to trick you into providing your personal information or other things of value.

Security Alert! New Phishing Scam Targets UMass Amherst Community - Saturday, 3/28

March 28, 2020

On March 28, 2020, a new fraudulent phishing message with the subject "Payroll Schedule" began targeting UMass Amherst email users. The email appears to have been sent by “University of Massachusetts Amherst” notifies the recipient “You have 1 new Schedule Message” and contains a link “Click here to read." The link in the message directs the user to a fraudulent login page.

Caution: This email did not come from the University of Massachusetts. It is a phishing scam designed to trick you into providing your personal information or other things of value.

Disruption Resilience: More Universal Access Technology Resources Available

March 27, 2020

The UMass Amherst community has a wide variety of access technology resources which can help with learning, teaching, communicating and collaborating. In addition to the resources already available at UMass Amherst through the Assistive Technology Center (ATC), many vendors have responded to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak by making additional resources available to university users.