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

September 12, 2013

To: UCOP Community

From: Shirley Bittlingmeier, Client Services Officer, Information Technology Services

This afternoon an email was sent out from a compromised UCOP email account.  ITS has contacted the UCOP employee and have taken the appropriate precautions.  However before our security messages where put into place, many of you received a phishing attempt from this valid UCOP email account.  Please ignore and delete that 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 unsolicited 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 immediately and empty your trash.

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

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