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New targeted fraud email pretends to be from department chairs or other SAS faculty/staff.
We have seen a new round of malicious emails which follow a specific pattern. In these cases the malicious user creates an external account (often @gmail.com) made to look like the email address of a department chair or other SAS faculty/staff member. The attacker then sends a message from that email address to each member of the department typically asking just a simple question like “Are you available?” If you respond to the attacker they will write back claiming that they’re in a meeting, and try to engage you in a series of emails where they eventually ask you to perform some action for them. In some cases this involves purchasing gift cards or other items they say they need immediately. Please be careful if you receive a message that seems to match this pattern.
“Computer processing is involved in every aspect of knowledge-generating activity, including data access, data integration, data provenance, as well as visualization, modeling, and theorizing.”
-Prof. Junhyong Kim, Penn Program in Single Cell Biology
Computing plays a growing role in research across all the disciplines in the School of Arts and Sciences, from electronic text corpora, to genomic analysis, to economic modeling and beyond. Research computation can deal with vast amounts of data on a previously unimaginable scale and can quickly perform iterations or parallel operations that would previously have taken weeks. SAS Computing can help guide researchers to choose and use the research tools that are best suited to their particular needs.
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