U. Iowa security measure limits computer access

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — University of Iowa employees will no longer be able to access paychecks or other sensitive documents from home computers under a security measure designed to thwart online scams.

The change decided Monday means any function involving bank information, Social Security numbers and other sensitive information will be accessible only by computers on the university network.

University officials are trying to limit the impact of phishing attacks that have fooled dozens of employees into giving up their HawkID and login information. Cyber thieves have succeeded in stealing from two employees by changing their direct deposit information.

Chief information officer Steve Fleagle says the change will be “a big inconvenience for a lot of people.” But he says it’s necessary, at least temporarily, to try to “shut the bad guys right down.”

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