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Spear phishing attacks hit the education sector hard between June and September, affecting more than 1,000 schools, colleges, and universities, according to a global report.
Spear phishing is a personalized phishing attack that targets a specific organization or individual.
Educational institutions are more than twice as vulnerable to a carefully-crafted business email compromise (BEC) attack than an average organization, said the report by Barracuda Networks, a leading provider of cloud-enabled security solutions.
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Using this form of Cyberattack, threat actors have taken hold of schools, resulting in devastating losses.
While the scale of Cyberattacks dropped by 10-14 percent during July and August, the number substantially picked up in September, said the report.
“While online teaching and learning is a crucial part of the new normal, it is also important for students and teachers to act mindfully before, during, and post the online classes,” Murali Urs, Country Manager-India, Barracuda Networks, said in a statement.
“Neither every system has updated antivirus protection, nor everyone is aware of how to respond to these attacks. Investing in the right cybersecurity solutions along with gaining proper knowledge on prevention methods is, therefore, the need of the hour.”
The researchers also highlighted the advent of two more common types of attacks: email scams and service impersonation, against schools between July and September.
The report also revealed that Gmail accounts were the primary medium for cybercriminals to launch the aforementioned attacks – accounting for 86 percent of all BEC attacks on the education sector.
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Cybercriminals prefer to use well-known email providers like Gmail because they are free, easy to register and have a higher reputation in the market.
They customized malicious email addresses using terms like ï¿½principal’, ï¿½head of department’, ï¿½school’, and ï¿½president’ to make them look realistic.
In fact, Cyberattackers even used convincing subject lines to quickly grab the victim’s attention and thus create a sense of urgency.
Some of them include COVID-19 New Updates, COVID-19 School Meeting, COVID-19 Update, and Follow Up Right Now, among others, said the report. (IANS)
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Drinking feni, may well be the answer, says the secretary of the Goa Cashew Feni Distillers and Bottlers Association Hansel Vaz, who on Thursday said, that sipping the state's unique alcoholic drink and making it popular would directly aid the greening of Goa's hills and other barren landscapes.
"To get more cashews, we need to plant more trees. I always say, by drinking feni you will save Goa, because we will be planting more cashew trees and we will have greener hills. The beauty of cashew is you do not need fertile land. You can grow it on a hill which can provide no nutrition. We will be able to grow more trees, if we can sell feni properly," Vaz said. Vaz's comments come at a time when the hillsides of the coastal state have witnessed significant deforestation for real estate development and for infrastructure projects. Feni is manufactured by fermenting and double distilling juice from the cashew apple.
Best way to keep Goa green is to grab yourself a glass of feni. | IANS
The efforts to streamline the state "heritage drink" comes a month after the Goa government notified a formal policy, 'Goa Feni Policy 2021', which covers 26 different varieties of feni distilled in the state. "There were many barriers related to feni, which the policy has now addressed," treasurer of the Association Tukaram Haldankar said. One such hurdle was the previous government classification, which described feni as "country liquor", which would deter tourists from purchasing the drink. The reclassification of feni as a state "heritage drink" has lent dignity to the brew which has been manufactured locally in Goa since the 16th century.
"It should be a standard product like scotch, champagne," Haldankar said. "Like Mexico's tequila, Russian vodka and Japan's sake, we need to export our feni across the country and the world and the local distillers should also benefit economically," president of the Association Gurudutt Bhakta also said. (IANS/ MBI)
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