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Phishing for data — UI enhances security in response to phishing - Argonaut

In late October, when University of Idaho students, faculty and staff opened their inboxes, they found a notice informing them of the threats to email security UI accounts had been receiving.

“In the last two years, we have had 165 accounts compromised that we know of,” ITS Chief Information Officer Mitch Parks said.

In response, UI recently mandated multifactor authentication (MFA), making all accounts require a user verify their identity with another device.

“The thing that we’ve seen has been about protecting peoples’ paychecks and their personal information on VandalWeb, but it’s also (about) protecting all kinds of university data,” Parks said. “Attackers are after research data, they’re after whole library periodicals that we have access to, or they’re trying to use our accounts to attack someone else.”

Blake Coker | Argonaut

Parks said that phishing in particular has been an ongoing problem for many years.

“College students are inexperienced in life and cash strapped,...(continued)

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