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Security Alert: Beware Email with "Boston Marathon Explosion" in Subject

This news item expired May 17, 2013. It may contain out-of-date information.

ITS security officials are aware of a large amount of spam relating to the Boston Marathon explosion delivered to campus mailboxes overnight. The samples we have seen contain a link that will display several YouTube videos of the explosion then attempt to install malware on your system.

We are blocking the malware sites as we see them but a great many sites are being used. If you have received one of these emails and have clicked on a link, please contact your departmental IT coordinator or the Solution Center at 515-294-4000 or

solution (at) iastate (dot) edu