IT Security Alerts and Advisories 





Phishing for Passwords


There have been a number of recent email-based "phishing" attempts in which recipients are requested to provide their login credentials.  While many of these campaigns look obviously suspicious, some have been very carefully crafted so as to appear to be genuine.

Please be advised that IT Services will never request users to divulge their login information via email.  If you are the recipient of such an email request, please ignore it and delete it. 

If you suspect that you may have been a victim of such a phishing attempt, you should change your password immediately.

 For more information on phishing, see the following article entitled Anatomy of a Phishing Attempt.

Identity Theft Victim?

Wondering how you can tell if you have become a victim of identity theft?

Security vendor Sophos offers the following clues:

 > You stop receiving bills or other mail (it's been re-directed to another address)
 > You receive credit cards you did not apply for 
 > Your credit is denied for no apparent reason 
 > Debt collectors begin calling about purchases you did not make 
> Your credit history shows items you cannot explain
> Your bank statements show withdrawals, payments and transfers you cannot account for
 (Courtesy of Graham Cluley, Sophos)
If any of the above events are happening to you, you may need to take immediate steps to recover and protect your identity.
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