IT Security Alerts and Advisories 

Phishing for Passwords

There have been a number of recent email-based "phishing" attempts in which recipients are requested to provide their login credentials.  While many of these campaigns look obviously suspicious, some have been very carefully crafted so as to appear to be genuine.

Please be advised that IT Services will never request users to divulge their login information via email.  If you are the recipient of such an email request, please ignore it and delete it. 

If you suspect that you may have been a victim of such a phishing attempt, you should change your password immediately.

 For more information on phishing, see the following article entitled Anatomy of a Phishing Attempt.

SMS Spam

We have all experienced email spam, but what about text spam?

While text or SMS spam is not a common occurrence right now, it is a growing trend.

Thanks to unlimited texting plans offered by some carriers, spammers are taking advantage and are launching SMS spam campaigns that are beginning to impact users.

What can you do?

At the moment, not a lot.  In some cases, you may be able to install an app that blocks unwanted messages, much like unwanted calls.

If you do receive an SMS spam message, you can forward it to 7726.

This is a spam clearinghouse maintained by major phone carriers including Telus and Rogers.

While SMS spam is not expected to occur on the same scale as email spam, it will, undoubtedly, affect (and infuriate) a growing number of users in the days to come.



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