phishing schemes and copyright piracy

Friday, September 17, 2010

Phishing is still alive and well. The University does NOT, under any circumstances, solicit user names and passwords by email.

Dear Colleagues, 

(1)  Phishing is still alive and well.  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. 

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.  

(2)  The University of Tulsa has a zero tolerance policy toward copyright piracy.  As a result of requirements in the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), the University has aggressive policies to combat illegal downloading and peer-to-peer file sharing of copyrighted materials over the University's communication network. The policy has resulted in a decrease in the number of complaints received about illegal downloading from the various recording industries and related associations.  Nonetheless, a total of fifteen (15) such student notices have been received since the beginning of this school term; the names of the associated network users have been forwarded to the Office of Student Affairs to be adjudicated in a fashion consistent with the "University Response to DMCA Notifications" policy which can be read at .  A $250 service fee is posted to the student account. 

Dale Schoenefeld, Ph.D.

Vice President for Information Services & CIO

Dale Schoenefeld