The campus has recently been targeted by malicious e-mails that appear to be attempts to gain user information such as passwords. One such phishing e-mail was supposedly from the University of Colorado Help Desk and urges colorado.edu account owners to login to a “newer login page.” Individuals who received this e-mail should simply delete the message.
If you or someone in your department responded to this phishing attempt and entered user information, that person should contact the IT Service Center during regular business hours at 303-735-4357 (5-HELP from a campus phone).
Following is a sample message:
This is to inform you that your colorado.edu account has change to a newer login page. All colorado.edu WebMail account are advice to login their User and Password and get the latest exciting information and news/update. Please follow the database link below and login:
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The university will never send e-mail asking for your private data (e.g. passwords, SSNs, credit card numbers, etc.) and you should be suspicious of messages that direct you to provide this information. It is also a good practice to never click on a link in an e-mail but rather open a web browser and type in the website address or look up the website using a search engine.
To learn more about phishing attempts and how to not fall prey to them, visit the Office of Information Technology’s Security Awareness website at http://oit.colorado.edu/it-security/security-awareness/phishing. For identity theft help and resources, visit http://oit.colorado.edu/it-security/security-awareness/privacy-identity-theft.
Although the university uses technology to block malicious emails and phishing websites, this technology is no substitute for being a conscientious Internet user. If you ever have questions about the legitimacy of a message, you are welcome to contact the IT Service Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-735-4357(5-HELP from a campus phone). Phone help is available 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.