Georgia Highlands College RSS Information Security https://www.highlands.edu Georgia Highlands College RSS Information Security Fri, 03 Feb 2012 03:19:47 +0000 en hourly 1 http://www.highlands.edu/site/rss/?feed=12 <![CDATA[Phishing Scam - Important WebMail Update]]> https://www.highlands.edu/site/index.php?ghc=is-threatwatch-view&id=484 Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:46:04 +0000 Richard Davis https://www.highlands.edu/site/index.php?ghc=is-threatwatch-view&id=484 The following is a phishing scam first reported to us on Thursday, February 26, 2015. An example of the message follows:

Important!
 
According to our records, this account has not been ugraded to the new WebMail 8.1.
Kindly visit the member service area or Sign In to upgrade immediately.
 
E-mail System Admin
 

 
Please do NOT respond to this email or click any links contained within. If you have already done so, please immediately change your account credentials via mypassword.highlands.edu, and submit a ticket to rt@highlands.edu.
 
Phishing scams of this type will normally redirect you to a form and ask you for personal information which could be used for identity theft or other illegal purposes, or may contain attachments or lead to compromised websites that will install malware onto your computer.
 
Please remember that GHC ITS will never ask you for your account credentials, and we will never direct you to an external (non-highlands.edu) website for any account-related activities. Please also note that a common way to spot phishing scams is via poor grammar and use of incorrect language.
 
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<![CDATA[Phishing Scam - Helpdesk]]> https://www.highlands.edu/site/index.php?ghc=is-threatwatch-view&id=457 Tue, 13 Jan 2015 14:59:33 +0000 Richard Davis https://www.highlands.edu/site/index.php?ghc=is-threatwatch-view&id=457 The following is a phishing scam first reported to us on Tuesday, January 13, 2015. An example of the message follows:

Dear user,
We currently upgraded to 4GB space. Click on: UPGRADE MY ACCOUNT TO 4GB to confirm details of your email account.
 
System Helpdesk.
7574878765
 

 
Please do NOT respond to this email or click any links contained within. If you have already done so, please immediately change your account credentials via mypassword.highlands.edu, and submit a ticket to rt@highlands.edu.
 
Phishing scams of this type will normally redirect you to a form and ask you for personal information which could be used for identity theft or other illegal purposes, or may contain attachments or lead to compromised websites that will install malware onto your computer. In this case, the perpetrator is asking you to click a link to one such form.
 
Please remember that GHC ITS will never ask you for your account credentials, and we will never direct you to an external (non-highlands.edu) website for any account-related activities. Please also note that a common way to spot phishing scams is via the poor grammar and use of incorrect language, such as "We currently upgraded."
 
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<![CDATA[Phishing Scam - highlands.edu]]> https://www.highlands.edu/site/index.php?ghc=is-threatwatch-view&id=455 Fri, 09 Jan 2015 7:38:45 +0000 Richard Davis https://www.highlands.edu/site/index.php?ghc=is-threatwatch-view&id=455 The following is a phishing scam first reported to us on Friday, January 9, 2015. An example of the message follows:

Dear highlands.edu user,
We welcome you as you resume your 2015 academic section.
Due to high rate of PHISHING mails received and HACKERS using the
webmail for sending FRAUDULENT mails daily, Our records indicate you
are no longer our current email user. Therefore, your account has been
scheduled for deletion on January, 2015. As part of this process, your
computer account, files, email address messages, etc. will be deleted.
You will lose access to your account.
 
To Retail Your Account. You are required to reply to this email:
(help.desk@alumni.com) with Your username and password to ensure that
Your account remains active and  subscribed to our database, Otherwise
this account will be De-activated from the Database within the next
72hours starting from now.
 
Name:
User Name:
Pass Word:
highlands.edu
 

 
Please do NOT respond to this email. If you have already done so, please immediately change your account credentials via mypassword.highlands.edu, and submit a ticket to rt@highlands.edu.
 
Phishing scams of this type will normally redirect you to a form and ask you for personal information which could be used for identity theft or other illegal purposes, or may contain attachments or lead to compromised websites that will install malware onto your computer. In this case, the perpetrator is asking for your account credentials via a direct response to the email.
 
Please remember that GHC ITS will never ask you for your account credentials, and we will never direct you to an external (non-highlands.edu) website for any account-related activities. Please also note that a common way to spot phishing scams is via the poor grammar and use of incorrect language, such as "To Retail Your Account."
 
As a final note, the phishing email was correctly classified as junk/spam by Office 365, and should have been placed in your Junk Email folder. Whereas with the previous email system, the message would have likely been prepended with a [POSSIBLE SPAM] tag and delivered to your Inbox.

 

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