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Security Alert: New Phishing Strategy Detected

This news item expired March 14, 2014. It may contain out-of-date information.

ITS security officials are aware of a relatively new, very effective phishing scam, asking ISU students and employees for their login credentials. Several student accounts have been compromised in the last 24 hours.

The email subject line may say something like "Suspicious Sign In Prevented". The email then tells the recipient that their account has been hacked, and asks them to click on a link to another site, with colorful ISU logos, asking for the user ID and password. Do NOT click on this link. And do NOT share your username and password.

In general, to protect your computer and your data:

  • Do NOT click on links or open attachments in email from people you are not expecting to get email from.
  • Keep all applications, especially antivirus programs, updated.

Forward any suspicious messages to

abuse (at) iastate (dot) edu
. The ITS security team will investigate the issue and contact you if they need more information.

For questions or help, contact the Solution Center (515-294-4000 or

solution (at) iastate (dot) edu
). For more information, visit the ITS Stay Cyber Safe web page.