With the start of the academic semester we are asking all faculty and staff to be vigilant against Phishing emails both in your Pace and personal life.
What is Phishing?
Phishing is a type of attack that uses email or a messaging service to fool you into taking an action you should not take, such as clicking on a malicious link, sharing your password, or opening an infected email attachment.
Phishing Attacks Often:
- Create a tremendous sense of urgency that demands “immediate action” before something bad happens, like threatening to close an account or send you to jail
- Pressure you to bypass or ignore your policies or procedures for those of you who are student workers
- Create a strong sense of curiosity or something that is too good to be true
- Request highly sensitive information, such as your credit card number, password, or any other information that a legitimate sender should already know
Other Types of Phishing Emails
- Anticipate that you may receive fake messages that appear to be sent by Pace officials to attempt to get you to take immediate action.
- Banking, UPS, Fedex, Amazon, or other emails trying to get you to click on links or provide personal information.
- Also anticipate Holiday greetings, birthday messages, funny videos, or gossip headlines as ways which attackers will try to steal your information or send you to a malicious website.
- Spam-Phishing info: http://www.pace.edu/its/it-security/spam-alert
Report A Phish
- Copy the Phishing message and add it as an attachment to a new email
- Send the email to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
- After reporting, permanently delete the message from your mailbox