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Phishing: Don't Take the Bait - UC Merced University News

Phishing: Don't Take the Bait

By Ann KovalchickAssociate Vice Chancellor and Chief Information OfficerOffice of Information Technology The Office of Information Technology has recently seen an uptick in fraudulent emails circulating through our system. I’d like to take this opportunity to let our students, faculty and staff know about the circumstances surrounding compromised accounts and what you can all do to limit the amount of spam that you receive.Office 365 implicitly trusts email messages that are sent internally—from one UC Merced address to another—so when a member of the UC Merced community clicks on a link in an infected email and is successfully phished, those accounts then become very effective tools for the phishing of additional accounts.We can help to fix this problem by educating ourselves and our colleagues about phishing and cybersecurity more broadly. As an institution of higher learning, stewards of state resources, and in many cases gatekeepers to...(continued)
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