Eastern Illinois University Targeted by Phishing E-mail Scam
A report of dennews.com of April 12, 2012, said that approximately thirteen hundred people of eastern university recently being victimized by phishing email scam.
The spam email was sent out around 8 p.m on Wednesday informing eastern students and faculty that they should re-login their panther mail account so that they may continue to send and receive emails. These emails also have a attached link on to re-log into their email accounts.
The Information technology services manager, Dave Emmerich said that source of phishing scam is unknown at this time, however they restrict access particular link on campus, according to the statement published by dennews.com dated April 12, 2012.
He stated that emails like the one panther mail users received on April 11, 2012, are normally blocked by ITS monthly, however this particular email got through their anti-spam tool.
To ease attacks of these types, security experts and officials at ITS highlighted some security tips which says firstly never respond to an email asking for password information. Check the URL before clicking an odd-looking message to confirm that it's really.eiu.edu, also, if in doubt calls the hotline number of university for advice.
Moreover, eastern maintains a website that will tell you that the received email is seriously from eastern. If u receives an email intending to having been sent from university and you doubt about its nature, go to http://its.eiu.edu/email_verification.php. If the email is displayed here, it's safe to open.
On a nutshell, it is not only eastern students who are attacked by phishing emails scam in the recent past. In April 2012, first week, a seemingly genuine spam email was spreading across the university of Arizona's (UA), aiming innocent students. Barring the subject line "urgent announcement",the message requested users to click a link so as to upgrade their university email account.
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