Students, Faculty, and Staff:
Please remember that Technology Services, the Webmaster, the Help Desk, or Your Network Administrator will NEVER EVER ask you for your User ID or Password we will also never ask you via e-mail to click on a link and fill out a form with this information. Campus e-mail boxes are often hit with a series of Phishing e-mails asking users to click on a link to submit their User ID and Passwords, along with other personal data.
If you respond to these e-mails with the requested information the SPAMMERS than take over your accounts and use them to send SPAM out to the world. This causes our campus e-mail servers to become very busy and slow. It also causes campus e-mails to be blocked by some service providers. Overall, the end result, is several hours of lost productivity of campus staff and students, both in repairing the issues and not being able to send to certain addresses until we are cleared from their SPAM lists.
I am not including any examples of the Phishing attempts here because there is one very simple rule to follow. If it asks for your User ID or Password, don't respond.
Technology Services blocks over 100,000 SPAM messages per day, over 90% of campus e-mail traffic. We continually update our blocking tools with industry standard updates. On occasion the SPAMMERS create a new scam that the industry has not created a block for. That is why the most critical piece of blocking technology is you, the e-mail recipient.
Thank you for your continued diligence in deleting any suspected messages. As always, feel free to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you are unsure of an e-mails validity.
Wikipedia defines "phishing" as:
Phishing is attempting to acquire information (and sometimes, indirectly, money) such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. Communications purporting to be from popular social web sites, auction sites, online payment processors or IT administrators are commonly used to lure the unsuspecting public.
NO! Not ever. If you receive an email asking for your UW-Superior credentials, please delete it immediately.