"Phishing" continues and continues
Published: 2-23-2010 12:15 am
"Phishing" for information continues to happen and it seems to as active today as it has been in the past. "Phishing" is a term used to describe the process of collecting information via e-mail by misrepresentation. The intent is to gather information from vulnerable participants that often lead to some form or identity theft.
In the past my office has sent out a number notices regarding "phishing" activities that were prevalent at the time. You can find those "Network Notices" on the Network and Technology Services website. You can find them at the following URL...you might want to bookmark the following page:
Please scan through the Network Notices and you will find a number of references pertaining to "phishing".
In the past few days we have received more "phishing" requests on campus. Some of them resemble the following in italics:
This message is from our Helpdesk Team to all webmail account owners.
We noticed that your webmail account has been compromised by spammers. It seems they have gained access into our database and have been using it for illegal internet activities.
The center is currently performing maintenance and upgrading its database. We intend upgrading our Email Security Server for better online services.
To re-validate your mailbox and upgrade your account, please click below
In order to ensure you do not experience service interruptions, please upgrade your account to prevent it from being deactivated from our database.
Thank you for using our online services.
For Helpdesk Team
Please be aware that my office will never send out a request for this kind of information via e-mail. If you get a message like the above just delete it.
Chief Information Officer
Wayne State College