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Social Engineering Phone Calls Received at NIU

Recently we have received reports of social engineering phone calls requesting access to NIU employees’ computers, thus opening the door for obtaining further credentials and information. The attacker claimed to be a part of IT within the company, requesting for users to enter information through a site called teamviewer.

Please remember that security attacks can occur in more ways than just cyberattacks. People every day become victim to social engineering, a tactic where someone pretends to be someone else in the hopes to obtain your personal or financial information or data. To avoid becoming a victim to this type of attack, always be aware of the people calling you, the number they’re calling from, the information they’re requesting, and/or the people approaching you in the physical work environment as well. Always ask for identification and question all calls.

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