University email accounts have been slammed this week by phishing emails. Most are from compromised student email accounts. Don’t get hooked into disclosing your user name/password, credit card number, Social Security number, or other confidential information! Contact Tech Support at 573.882.5000 immediately if you feel your accounts have been compromised!
Phishing scams use email or pop-up messages to trick readers into disclosing user names and account passwords, credit card information, bank account information, Social Security numbers, or other confidential information. There has been an exponential increase in the number of phishing attempts against the University in recent weeks. Unfortunately, more University employees and students have been responding to these attacks resulting in adverse impacts to themselves and increading the burden on University resources to remediate the mistake.
Phishing scams are becoming more sophisticated and thus seemingly legitimate to users. In order to gain trust, most cyber-attackers will send spoof emails—claiming to be from a bank, university department, another student or faculty/staff member, or IT professional—using company logos and company contact information which direct users to counterfeit URLs. While designed to appear authentic, these websites are actually controlled by the attacker and are intended to harvest your personal information. Please follow the tips below to ensure you don’t take the bait and end up on a fishy, phishing expedition!
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— Feb. 19, 2015