Security - Targeted Attack on Research Intensive Universities

CCS Information Security confirms that the University of Guelph has been one of over 300 universities targeted by a spear-phishing attack, dubbed ‘Silent Librarian’. The assessment of what the actual impact of this attack on our users and data is difficult to determine at this time. As a proactive measure, CCS is using the information shared within the information security community to identify any U of G users who may have received these phishing messages. These users will be contacted with this information and required to change their central login password.

Information Security will continue to monitor the situation and provide additional information as it becomes available.

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