Phishing Attack

August 24, 2012

To: UCOP Community
From: Shirley Bittlingmeier, ITS Client Services Officer

Yesterday an e-mail phishing attempt was directed at UCOP. The subject line may read "WebNews (Email Account Update)." Do not reply to this message!
(Phishing is a fraudulent attempt to electronically acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and IDs by masquerading as a trustworthy individual or entity.)
Stay on the alert for phishing attempts. Some are very sophisticated and the e-mail may appear to be sent from someone you know. You should be suspicious of any e-mail asking for personal, user account information or account verification. Remember that the Service Desk will never ask you for such information via e-mail. Delete such e-mails immediately and empty your trash.
An example of today's phishing attempt is shown below.

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If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Service Desk

Caution_ E-mail Phishing Attack.pdf