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New Phishing Attacks against the University of Arkansas

IT Security Office of the University of Arkansas (US) has said that phishers are still sending fake e-mails to the University students.

According to reports, IT Security Office detected the first phishing e-mail sent to students on June 13, 2009. The e-mail had a headline - {SPAM?} Virus Warning Notice!!! with text referring to the warning from the University's Webmail Technical Team.

The text of the e-mail informs the recipient that his computer folders contain a DGTFX virus. Thus, his e-mail account ought to be upgraded to the new versions of security software including DGTFX anti-virus 2009. Besides, the phishing e-mail discloses that appropriate measures have already been taken to prevent the University's webmail system and other files of the recipient from any harmful damage.

Furthermore, the e-mail recipient is directed to press the reply button for filling in the vacant columns in the e-mail account. Non-compliance of instructions will lead to the termination of his e-mail account so that virus doesn't spread to other accounts.

IT Security Office also discloses information asked by the e-mail from the recipient. It includes username, date of birth, password and phone number.

Meanwhile, IT Security Office of the University has put the subject as 'SPAM' to make students aware about the new threat and to deny its role in the malicious phishing e-mail.

In addition, the University of Arkansas has clarified to its students that it doesn't send e-mails asking for their e-mail related information or other sensitive credentials.

However, IT Office has said that it will send a formal e-mail to all the students asking them to change their password in every 90 days (once a semester). This task can be easily performed via PASSweb facility available at passweb.uark.edu.

The best way to tackle these phony messages is to delete them immediately.

In the third week of May 2008, a number of members of the Duke community became victims of phishing scam that involved sending of phishing e-mail for stealing their passwords. The e-mail senders pretended as a member of "Duke Webmail Webmaster online."

Under present scenario when an increasing number of webmail users are being targeted, IT officials have suggested that users should remain updated of new development in the cyber world.

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