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Virus warning

If you receive an email with the subject: “URGENT – CCMA Final Reminder: Case GAJK0238819-18 (GAJK) is scheduled for ‘Arbitration’…” allegedly sent by the CCMA, and with an attachment with a .DOC.gz extension, DO NOT try to open it. The attachment is a rather nasty Trojan-variant of a Crypto virus.

This virus opens the “back door” of your computer to hackers once it infects your PC. The trojan is programmed to run at every start-up, giving the hackers, who originated the program, access to your hard drive. In addition, this trojan can re-create itself, making it hard to remove it completely.

If you received this email or any similar ones, please it to the Information Technology Security Team using the following method:

Send the spam/phishing mail to and

Attach the phishing or suspicious mail on to the message if possible. There is a good tutorial on how to do this at the following link (Which is safe) :

  1. Start up a new mail addressed to (CC:
  2. Use the Title “SPAM” (without quotes) in the Subject.
  3. With this New Mail window open, drag the suspicious spam/phishing mail from your Inbox into the New Mail Window. It will attach the mail as an enclosure and a small icon with a light yellow envelope will appear in the attachments section of the New Mail.
  4. Send the mail.


If you did click on the link of this phishing spam and unwittingly give the scammers your username, e-mail address and password you should immediately go to and change the passwords on ALL your university accounts (making sure the new password is completely different, and is a strong password that will not be easily guessed.) as well as changing the passwords on your social media and private e-mail accounts (especially if you use the same passwords on these accounts.)

IT have set up a website page with useful information on how to report and combat phishing and spam. The address is:


[Article by David Wiles]



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