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 »
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.
Information Systems has begun enforcing annual password changes after a hiatus while we migrated to Microsoft’s Active Directory. You will receive notice to change your password within the next few months. The rest of this post contains further details about this. For many years the Information Systems department has required users to change their password… Read more »
Update 21 Sept 3:30pm: We have released a modified version of Sophos’ clean-up utility for students and home users: Sophos Fix . You do not need to run this on EMU-owned computers. Download the file and unzip it then right-click ‘Sophos Fix.cmd’ and ‘Run as Administrator’. Please send questions or comments to the Information Systems Helpdesk… Read more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
A change to the digital certificate that’s used to secure EMU’s wireless network will require action from those who use it. You will be required to accept a new certificate the next time you connect to EMU’s wireless network after 4 p.m. on July 29, 2010 (this does not affect WCSC or Lancaster locations). This… Read more »
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 »
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.