There has been a significant data breach from a body that regulates engineers and geologists in Alberta. Over 75,000 names and email addresses have been given to an unknown party as a result of a phishing event.
According to the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA), the database breach happen on Monday September, 23rd at approximately 11:45 a.m..
The APEGA website warns members not to respond to emails that appear to originate with APEGA. They also warn not to provide any personal information including member ID, credit cards or passwords.
APEGA has put in a temporary call centre to handle all inquiries regarding the data breach.
Companies need to take the following steps to protect themselves against phishing:
- Beware of emails asking for confidential information. Legitimate organizations will never request sensitive information via email.
- Beware of pressure tactics to provide sensitive information like scare tactics and threats. No reputable company will take such action.
- Beware that most of the spam you receive on a daily basis is potentially dangerous phishing emails.
- Beware of generic-looking email requests for information as fraudulent emails are often not personalized.
- Beware of submitting confidential information via forms embedded within email messages as cyber criminals are able to track all information entered.
- Beware of links in an email to connect to a website unless you are absolutely sure they are authentic.
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