Phishing

Top Ten Phishing Things (to think about)

& General, Phishing, Security.

Phishing, as defined in Wikipedia, “… is the act of attempting to acquire information … by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.”  The most common form of communication today for phishing is email.  Phishing exists because it is extremely effective for spammers or criminals seeking usernames, passwords, credit card details or other… Read more »

Email Phishing Awareness Reminder

& General, Notices, Phishing, Security.

Spamming and phishing are, unfortunately, a daily reality with email.  Information Systems deploys a number of resources to constantly filter incoming email to keep out the “bad stuff”.  However, the cleverness and veracity of the “bad guys” continues to escalate and, unfortunately, some of the bad stuff gets delivered to our email inboxes.

Phishing: Another Reminder – NEVER Give Away Your EMU Password!

& Faculty/Staff, General, Phishing, Security, Students.

With several EMU email accounts having recently been compromised because the EMU mailbox owners were tricked into giving away their passwords, I feel I need to, again, remind the campus community that you should never, never, never give away your EMU password.  Did I mention NEVER? Email messages are being sent to @emu.edu email addresses… Read more »

Safe Internet Use: 101

& Faculty/Staff, Phishing, Security, Students, Tips and Tricks.

Criminals continue to develop increasingly clever ways to trick computer users into exposing their personal/confidential information, submitting their username and/or password, unknowingly downloading malicious programs onto their computers or falling for a money fraud scam.  This is yet another reminder for users to exercise caution, be skeptical and when in doubt, “don’t do it” –… Read more »

Phishing Phacts – Fall Semester 2010

& General, Phishing, Security.

Information Systems wants all EMU email account owners to know the following “phishing phacts”. CRIMINALS WANT YOUR EMU USERNAME AND PASSWORD: Email messages are being sent to @emu.edu email addresses nearly every day with very clever messages that attempt to trick employees and students into thinking they need to reply and provide their username and… Read more »

HOAX: Webmail Account Termination

& Phishing.

Information Systems is aware of a “phishing” scam targeting EMU faculty, staff and students. You may have received an e-mail purporting to be from “Webmail Support.” The e-mail claims we are deleting webmail accounts and asks you to respond with your username and password. This is a hoax! You should never provide your password to… Read more »

Info Systems Does NOT Ask for Passwords

& Notices, Phishing, Security.

A number of universities have been hit with “notices” being sent to e-mail users saying that they need to click on a link or reply to the e-mail to “reset” their accounts.  I am quite certain some EMU e-mail users will be receiving these dangerous messages.  Our e-mail filtering software catches some, but not all… Read more »

HOAX: EDU webmail account alert

& Notices, Phishing, Security.

Information Systems is aware of a “phishing” scam targeting EMU faculty, staff and students. You may have received an e-mail purporting to be from “EDU Webmail Support Dept.” The e-mail claims we are deleting webmail accounts and asks you to respond with your username and password.

Safer browsing by using visual cues

& Phishing, Security.

Internet scam artists have continued to refine their craft, making it difficult to tell whether entering private information into a web site is advisable. The information below is geared toward determining whether an EMU web page is legitimate, but can it can be generalized in most cases. To help distinguish legitimate pages from scams, consider… Read more »