Several student email accounts were phished on Sunday, September 6.
Since phishing is an Internet scam, it is important to disregard emails that do not represent known organizations.
âPhishing is an Internet scam and a viable way to get your personal information,â said Mike Asoodeh, chief information officer. âPlease note that no respectable company would request this information by email. “
One of the reasons many college students felt the repercussions of the phishing was because the students reacted to the scam.
âSeveral student email accounts were compromised on Sunday,â Asoodeh said. âThese accounts were used to send emails to several internal addresses. Subsequently, they stumbled upon a few mass mailing lists. This triggered a flurry of emails between the students who kept responding to these messages.
Currently, the Office of Technology is monitoring the phishing situation.
âFilters have been written and mailing lists have been locked for now,â Asoodeh said. “We are monitoring the mail at this time for any other necessary filter changes.”
Network specialist Mark Hemel believes part of the reason the Southeast has a high number of phishing incidents is that the university uses Gmail and Gmail is a faster service than some.
“In this case, the value of a college email address is the ability to send more spam promoting a website their [phisher] choice, âHemel said. âBecause Southeastern uses Gmail as their messaging system, it carries a lot of weight. Gmail servers are fast and have a lot of features to make mail easier.
Although it is not known where the phishing started, authorities have problems due to the way access attempts came from countries such as China, Turkey, Latvia, Japan, Russia and the ‘India.
According to Hemel, it’s not difficult for people with phishing intentions to access people’s emails using proxies or multiple computers.
Although the students were affected by the phishing, Client Connectivity believes it was a small case.
âOverall, I don’t rate this incident that high,â Hemel said. âLooking at the numbers, it only affected 75 user accounts compared to 196,727 user accounts that we actually own. Of the compromised accounts, only five are active students carrying hours. “
Students can protect themselves from such events by filtering their own email and not giving out their password to anyone, as well as looking for suspicious emails.
âStudents actually have the option of filtering their own email,â Hemel said. âYou can filter by sender, subject or content. You can find instructions in Gmail Help. People should also be careful about emails you haven’t sent, your contact list has a few thousand more email addresses, and your outgoing email has changed along with your name.
Another form of cyberattack that people should watch out for are viruses.
According to Microsoft.com, “Computer viruses are small software programs designed to spread from one computer to another and to interfere with the operation of the computer.”
Going forward, Asoodeh hopes students will do their best to avoid future attacks.
âComputer viruses remain a concern on campus. These threats can often be avoided, âsaid Asoodeh. âTherefore, we ask you to exercise caution when opening emails and attachments. “
According to Windows.microsoft.com, several ways to protect yourself and your computer from a computer virus are to install an antivirus program, not to open email attachments unless you expect them, to keep your computer up to date, use a firewall, use privacy settings, use a pop-up blocker with your browser, and turn on User Account Control.
Additionally, students have the option to monitor their accounts by checking the last ten logins on their account.
âHere’s something most don’t know about their Gmail account and it’s important to take a look at it every now and then,â Hemel said. âThere’s a link in the lower right corner of the page when you’re signed in to your Gmail inbox. It is labeled “details”. This will show you the last ten connections to your account along with the time, date and IP address (location). If these accesses are not you, then now is a good time to change your password.
For instructions on how to filter your Gmail visit search under Google Support or for more information on how to protect your computer from viruses, visit windows.microsoft.com.