Increase in email containing phishing and other malicious content
Incident Report for Macquarie University IT
Over the past week the University has seen a sharp increase in different kinds of emails containing phishing and other malicious content.

Email recipients are often deceived by phishing attempts since messages appear to be sent by legitimate and trustworthy sources.

We want to remind all personnel to be sceptical when opening emails.
Things to look out for:
• Being asked to “log into a system”
• Being asked to enter private information
• Unexpected emails from organisations (eg Australia Post or the Australian Tax Office)
• Emails claiming to contain secured documents
• Unexpected or unusual emails from colleagues and friends

What to do if you think you have receive such an email:
• Contact the sender by phone or alternative method and ask if they sent the email
• If the email is not legitimate simply delete it.

What to do if you think you have been compromised:
• Contact your local IT support personal or the University HelpDesk (9850 4357)

Please remember your login details must remain private and confidential to you and you only; and the University will never ask for your username and password via email.

Information Technology are taking steps to identify and reduce the spread of these emails.
Posted over 2 years ago. Aug 28, 2015 - 17:07 AEST