A-Level students acid for last-minute university places ‘tricked’ into clicking on nasty malware


CRUEL cyber criminals are luring stressed A-level students into downloading malware that could empty their bank accounts and drain them dry.

Prepped for an torrent in web traffic, hackers have been bustling formulating aloft preparation phishing sites in the wish that university hopefuls will click on malware-laden links.

 Many students will be scrambling to find a place by Ucas' Clearing complement today
Many students will be scrambling to find a place by Ucas’ Clearing complement today

Booby-trapped websites and pop-ups could seem just like the central Ucas Clearing site.

Some ads competence be charity education at a low cost or guaranteed places for a fee.

If a victim does click on a link, they could download forward tracking software.

In some cases, this program is famous to silently record all the victim forms into their mechanism or smartphone – including bank comment numbers, arrange codes or passwords used to sign into online accounts.

Crooks can use this information to purloin bank accounts – but the victim realising until the cash is gone.

Carl Leonard, principal confidence researcher at Forcepoint said: “If a university or college offer appears too good to be true, it substantially is.

“University students will continue to be targeted by cyber criminals at applicable times of the year.

“The scammers will continue to set up feign websites and send convincing emails demanding communication in sequence to manipulate a student’s poise when they are under the many time pressure.”

Frank Jeffs, a postgraduate researcher and former conduct of promotion at Middlesex University pronounced general students should also be wary.

He said: “Scams of this inlet have the intensity to pretence stressed UK-based students, but could also locate out general students who are seeking courses in the UK.

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“In my experience, scammers use obvious university names such as Oxford or Cambridge and create feign institutions which sound very similar.

“Designed to demeanour picturesque and charity education at a low cost or attempting to capture personal information, this social engineering pretence could simply locate out general students or people who competence not have the internal believe of the central educational investiture names.

“Always go around the Ucas website or form in the URL of the university or college you are meddlesome in.”

Not certain how Ucas clearing works? Here’s how to find a list of university courses accessible on A-level results day.

You can get the lowdown on GSCE results too. When is GSCE results day, how do we collect my grades and what happens if we destroy an exam?

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