2/19/2014 - Phishing Attempt Alert - Mailbox Size

========= UCIT Office of Information Security Alert Bulletin ========


**Email Phishing Alert**

A number of University of Cincinnati email users have recently reported receiving malicious emails, similar to the one below (see *Sample Phishing Email* below). TAKE CAUTION! The sender is not a representative of UC. The link they provide in the email does not lead to UC’s network. Access to the malicious site from the UC’s network has been blocked, but be aware that access can still be made via other networks, including non-UC wireless networks.


What is Phishing?

Phishing is the act of attempting to acquire information such as usernames, passwords, credit card and/or banking details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity by electronic communication (typically email).


What if I Received a Suspicious Email?

UC’s spam filters appear to have caught the majority of the malicious messages. If you have received a suspicious email, do not click on any links, fill out any forms or reply! All you have to do is delete the email.


*Sample Phishing Email*


Sent: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 6:46 AM




Your mailbox is almost full and out dated.





Current size


Maximum size

This is to inform you as our webmail account User, that our webmail Admin server provider is currently congested, and your Mailbox is out of date. so we are deleting inactive accounts.


Please verify your webmail account by automatically by clicking on IT HELPDESK[LINK REMOVED] and fill-out the necessary requirements to automatically verify and increase your mailbox quota size.


IMPORTANT NOTE: You won't be able to send and receive mail messages at 1.97GB. 


ITS help desk



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What Can I Do to Help?

If you are aware of any users that received the message and clicked on the link, please instruct them to change their passwords as soon as possible via uc.edu/PSS or contact the UC Information Technologies Help Desk at 513-556-HELP (4357) for assistance.


Please distribute this Security Alert to anyone who you feel needs to be made aware.


Contact the UC Information Technologies Help Desk at 513-556-HELP (4357) or the UCIT Office of Information Security at 513-558-ISEC (4732) with any questions or concerns.


======== End UCIT Office of Information Security Alert Bulletin ========


UCIT Office of Information Security

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