CSRT Do not respond to phishing attempts

Monday, November 15, 2010

As a reminder, the University does NOT, under any circumstances, solicit user names and passwords by email. Do NOT, under any circumstances, provide this information in response to any email request.

I have heard from several this afternoon.  Phishing is still alive and well.  An email asking you to update your webmail profile found its way through our filters to many of you.


As a reminder, the University does NOT, under any circumstances, solicit user names and passwords by email.  Do NOT, under any circumstances, provide this information in response to any email request.


If you have already responded to such an email, please change your password immediately by going to the “Technology” link at the very top of the University home page.



Phishing is the process of attempting to acquire sensitive information by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.  Once usernames and passwords are provided, they are used by automated processes to launch denial of service attacks, flooding our email services with very high quantities of fraudulent email and doing other damage that inconveniences all of us.



You should NOT even be attempting to judge the quality of the request.  Delete the email containing a request. 

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Dale Schoenefeld, Ph.D.
Vice President for Information Services & CIO

 

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