OIT Issues Reminders to Help Identify Malicious Emails

Publication date: January 13, 2023

Author: Staff Report

Phishing is the practice of sending fraudulent emails to hundreds of people in the hope that hundreds of recipients will click on malicious links or visit attachments, willingly providing valuable personal information. is a technique employed by cybercriminals to transmit

according to Deloittea global auditing and risk assessment firm, says 91% of all cyberattacks start with a phishing email to an unexpected victim.

There is no specific way to prevent phishing attacks, so being aware and knowledgeable about common tactics used by cybercriminals is the strongest line of defense in protecting yourself and your data. . If you receive an unexpected email from an unknown sender, keep these suspicious factors in mind and ignore emails that contain:

  • too good offerIf it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Part-time job scams often offer to pay exorbitant amounts for simple jobs.
  • Requests for personal or financial information. Please do not reply to emails requesting this information.report them Forward a message as an attachment To security@ohio.edu.
  • Valid address variationsFor example, an email address ending with @ohio-edu.org instead of @ohio.edu should alert you that something is wrong.
  • fake sender address. Click the sender’s name to view and verify the email address.
  • Urgent or quick deadlines. Attackers want to act quickly so they don’t realize the email is suspicious.
  • Websites that do not start with “https”. The ‘s’ stands for secure. Don’t sign in to websites that don’t use https in the URL.
  • Misspelled words and grammatical errors. Legitimate email senders proofread and correct these errors before sending.

If you receive a suspected phishing email, Forward an email as an attachment To security@ohio.eduIf the information security team confirms that the email is malicious, fish bowl Warning to others in the Ohio University community.

Furthermore, the Information Security Office Email best practices This helps avoid creating or distributing messages that can be mistaken for phishing. If you have additional questions or concerns regarding malicious emails, Information Security Office.

https://www.ohio.edu/news/2023/01/oit-issues-reminders-help-identify-malicious-emails OIT Issues Reminders to Help Identify Malicious Emails

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