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Phishing scams riddle student inboxes with cyber dangers - Cardinal Points

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Plattsburgh State students are no stranger to email scammers finding their way into inboxes with promises of gift cards and prizes. However, Assistant Chief Information Officer John Bradley and Information Security Analyst Simon Molders work to prevent any harm to emails or sensitive information.

Molders has a team in the Librarian Information Technology Services to help him go through his prevention process and stop “fishers”. This term describes one who claims a false identity with the intention of gaining money or information. Unfortunately, Molders cannot access a student’s school email so nothing can be done until the suspicious email is reported to him.

“We have an email address that anyone can report to,” Molders said. “If it’s serious, then we will go on to the handling step.”

Molders said he receives a lot of reports on a daily basis. However, about 95 percent of them end up being false or general spam. Molders can distinct real problems from fake ones with the...(continued)

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