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.

    Phony Virus Reports

There is a worldwide scam taking place that has been gaining momentum recently.

A user will receive a call from someone claiming to be from Microsoft advising that the user’s computer is infected with a virus.

The caller will then instruct the user to go to a Website where they are directed to download and install remote-control software.

In a typical scenario, the caller will advise the user that the virus can be eradicated (by the caller via the remote-control program) and “lifelong” protection provided for a fee of $130.

The unwitting user provides credit card and other personal information which the malicious caller uses for criminal purposes.

Be aware that Microsoft, or other legitimate companies, will not call users about infected computers. 

The best way to deal with these types of calls is to hang up.





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