Phishing emails and viruses – stay alert


January 29th, 2016

Information Services are receiving reports of email phishing attempts which at first appear to be from credible senders.

Stay aware – below are some examples of recent phishing emails you may have received:

Date: 18 Jan 2016
Subject: Re help desk/admin
From: j.p.harrison@brighton.ac.uk
Details: Advises of a mailbox upgrade which requires the recipient to click on a link (now blocked if accessed via the university network). The web page then requests personal IT account details
Advice: This is a phishing attempt therefore if you provided any IT account details, please change your password via https://itaccounts.nottingham.ac.uk immediately and contact the IT Service Desk.

Date: 20 Jan 2016
Subject: Your device is on its way
From: O2BusinessContracts@o2.com
Details: Advises the recipient that a new device is due to be sent. It does include a Word attachment.
Action: delete the email and run a Sophos anti-virus scan (UoN supplied computer) if the attachment was opened. If Sophos reports any malware, please contact the IT Service Desk.

Date: 21 Jan 2016
Subject: …
From: mkrill@gunnisonschools.net
Details: Advises incoming mail has been placed on hold and to click on a link to release the messages.
Action: this is a Phishing attempt and access has now been blocked if accessed via the university network. If you did respond and provided any personal details, please reset your password immediately via IT Accounts and contact the IT Service Desk.

Date: 28 Jan 2016
Subject: Help Desk
From: UoN email account
Details: Advises of a password expiry within 24 hours and provides a link to reset it.
Action: this is a Phishing attempt and access to the link is blocked if accessed via the university network. If you did respond and provided any personal details, please reset your password immediately via IT Accounts and contact the IT Service Desk.

For more information, visit the IT Services Status page.

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