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UNB moves to block rtf files from external email senders

Author: ITS

Posted on Apr 21, 2016

Category: IT Security , IT Announcements , Our Community

Due to a rapid increase in the amount of phishing emails and infected attachments, UNB has moved to block .rtf files, a format used by cybercriminals, on incoming emails to UNB.email icon If you or someone you know needs to send a legitimate .rtf file to a UNB email from off-campus, please use UNB’s Secure File Drop. Although this change will prevent infected .rtf files from reaching UNB email inboxes, cybercriminals may move to more commonly used file types such as .doc and .zip files. These file types are much harder block without impacting legitimate email traffic. What can you do to prevent an infection? Stay informed about the latest cybersecurity threats and how to identify them. Never open email attachments or click any links from unknown sources. If you think you’ve received a phishing email or if you think you have fallen for one, contact the ITS Help Desk immediately. Protect Yourself. Protect Your Stuff. Protect UNB. Visit go.unb.ca/itsecurity to learn how.