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Hackers Are Becoming More Sophisticated

This news item expired April 21, 2012. It may contain out-of-date information.

IT Services employees at ISU continue to receive reports of Spearphishing emails coming to ISU email addresses. The latest emails appear to come from the Solution Center with "Important Warning" as the subject. These emails contain the official Iowa State University nameplate, which makes them look authentic, similar to the email shown below:

Sample of fraudulent email

The link in the email takes you to an off-campus website form asking for personal information such as your Net-ID and password. The address in the email link has been blocked at the campus border, preventing users on campus from accessing the site. Unfortunately, the link cannot be blocked for users reading their email from off-campus.

These emails are malicious attempts to obtain your password and personal information. If you follow links in emails such as these and enter personal information, your account as well as your computer may be compromised.

Remember, IT Services will never ask for personal account information in an email. If you receive one of these emails, delete it.

If you have any questions regarding this information, contact the Solution Center.