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Phishing Emails Increase for Faculty/Staff

Published: Friday, January 27, 2017

DO NOT BECOME A VICTIM!

NCCU and ITS will NOT send unsolicited emails asking for your username, password, or other identifying information!

What’s happening?

An increase in phishing emails responses have created risks for our community members and our campus reputation.

During the month of January, close to 15 NCCU accountholders have clicked on links in phishing emails, creating reputational harm to NCCU. Additionally, over the past six months over 70 employees have followed links in these emails and provided username, password and other information.

What’s the risk?

This puts you at risk, and for NCCU it compromises the integrity of our campus email services. Employees have had their banking information compromised. NCCU has been contacted by various vendors and institutions with risk of our email system being blacklisted.

What happens if I am compromised?

When an email account is compromised ITS automatically disables the account, and it remains disabled until we have had an opportunity to speak to the account holder.

If you feel that your account is compromised:

  1. Immediately contact the Eagle Technical Assistance Center (ETAC) by calling 919.530.7676
  2. Disconnect the computer immediately from ALL networks, wired or wireless.

What can I do to protect myself?

1.    DO NOT click on links contained in unsolicited emails.
2.    DO NOT reply to unsolicited emails or emails from unverifiable sources.
3.    FORWARD suspicious emails to security@nccu.edu to alert ITS of phishing activity OR DELETE the suspicious email.
4.    HOVER your mouse over the link to preview the link prior to clicking. If it is not a known site delete or forward the message.

For more information regarding spam and phishing visit the link below:

http://www.nccu.edu/administration/its/internal/it-security.cfm


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