E-mail Phishing/Spam Attack from valid UCOP email account

December 16, 2013

To: UCOP Community
From: Shirley Bittlingmeier, Director, IT Infrastructure Services, ITS

Late Friday afternoon, multiple emails were sent out from a compromised UCOP email account. ITS has contacted the UCOP employee and have taken the appropriate precautions. However before our security measures were put into place, many of you received a phishing attempt from this valid UCOP email account. Please ignore and delete this message.

Do not reply to this message or click on any links!

(Phishing is a fraudulent attempt to electronically acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and IDs by masquerading as a trustworthy individual or entity.)

(Spam is junk or bulk email involving identical messages sent to numerous recipients which could include phishing web sites or sites that host malware.)

Stay on the alert for phishing attempts. Some are very sophisticated and the e-mail may appear to be sent from someone you know. You should be suspicious of any e-mail asking for personal, user account information or account verification. Remember that the Service Desk will never ask you for such information via e-mail. Delete such e-mails and empty your trash. If you do provide your user information contact the Service Desk immediately.

An example of today's phishing attempt is shown below.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Service Desk at 987-0457 or ServiceDesk@ucop.edu.