Summary: We have seen an increase lately in emails with attached files with viruses/worms. It is very important that you Do Not Open these files. The most recent emails look like they are coming from the Federal Reserve or Citibank. The subject may contain information about a wire transfer or your account. The worm is very dangerous and will look for PII (Personally Identifiable Information) such as social security numbers and credit card numbers and will then send them to an outside server.
We also continue to see Phishing emails which request your account information. When you respond to these emails with your account information the account becomes hacked and spam is sent out from that user’s mailbox. Do not click the links. Do not provide your username and password. Doing so puts your account at risk and the college at risk.
OTS now has a new generation firewall that scans incoming and outgoing traffic looking for suspicious activity. We also have a spam filter to scan all email. We do our best to block all incoming spam and viruses. Spammers continue to use new techniques to get around the filtering making it impossible to catch everything. If we are notified of a new spam we immediately block the site in the link or notify the offending domain to block. Please use extreme caution with any email that does not look familiar and contact us with anything that looks suspicious.
Your Actions: Please use caution with any email. If you are unsure, call the help desk for verification. Do not open any files. Do not click any links. Do not input your username and password.
Do not store credit cards, social security numbers or any other identity information on your desktop or file share on the network.
If you responded to a phishing emails you need to change your password immediately and notify the help desk.
Affected Services: Email and other services