ITS Alert: Spear Phishing season opens at UW-Platteville 01.13.20
Posted: 13:05:11, Monday, Jan 13, 2020 Expiration: 13:05:11, Monday, Jan 20, 2020
The ITS Help Desk has received numerous reports of spear phishing attempts on campus over the weekend and into today.
A spear phishing attack is different from standard phishing in that it appears to come from a trusted source within the organization, such as a supervisor or administrator, and usually targets a specific group, like their employees. The sender's address may or may not match the organization's (@uwplatt.edu). These messages may be very short to get your attention and catch you off guard; for example, "Do you have a sec?" Once engaged the exchange typically leads to a request to purchase gift cards or some other money-conning scheme.
The messages reported thus far are coming from two different non-campus addresses with different subjects. If you receive a message from THESE SENDERS AND ADDRESSES, please DELETE.
|Spoofed senders from UW-Platteville: Karen McLeer|
|Spoofed senders from UW-Platteville Molly Gribb|
|Kristi Gimmel Becker|
If you receive a message like this from ANOTHER ADDRESS, please VERIFY with the alleged sender using another means (phone call, text, etc). If the message is not legitimate, REPORT it to the ITS Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have questions about these attempts, please contact the ITS Help Desk at 608.342.1400 or email@example.com.
-- UW Platteville: Deb Meyer
Created: 13:06:32, Monday, Jan 13, 2020 (by Deb M.)
Updated: 13:06:32, Monday, Jan 13, 2020 (by Deb M.)