Disclaimer: This news item was originally posted on Friday, Apr 29, 2022. Its content may no longer be timely or accurate.

ITS Alert: Phishing attempt claims new multi-factor authentication 04.29.22

Posted: 12:41:21, Friday, Apr 29, 2022   Expiration: 10:53:09, Monday, May 2, 2022  

The ITS Help Desk has received numerous reports of a phishing email claiming "we" are implementing new multi-factor authentication policy for "Microsoft Email users".  The email comes from an unofficial random, non-sensical address (e.g. not uwplatt or any recognizable name) and asks you to click a link to a login page and enter your campus credentials. THIS IS A SCAM. DO NOT RESPOND.

UW-Platteville uses Duo for two-factor authentications. We have no plans to change this process.

It is true that Microsoft has announced changes to how their company uses authentication, but those changes will only affect those using campus email through the native mail app on their cell phones. Microsoft's changes do not take effect until October 2022.  See the ITS April newsletter for more details at https://uwplatt.sharepoint.com/sites/InformationTechnologyServices/SitePages/Changes-coming-October-22-for-Office-365-email-on-native-cell-phone-apps.aspx ). Watch for updates from ITS as the deadline approaches.

In the meantime…

  • If you receive this email about  "new Multi-Factor Authentication" with subject: Email, DELETE it immediately. Do not click the link. Do not enter your credentials.
  • If you received this email and clicked and/or entered your credentials, CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD immediately and contact the ITS Help Desk at 608.342.1400 for further instructions.

How do you tell if a message is a phish? Check out real-life examples in the ITS Knowledge Base at https://go.uwplatt.edu/phish


-- UW Platteville: Deb Meyer

Created: 16:43:51, Thursday, Apr 28, 2022 (by Deb M.)
Updated: 10:53:13, Monday, May 2, 2022 (by Deb M.)