K-Staters need to be constantly on guard for potential phishing scams. The latest on the scene is a OneNote Audio Note phishing scam campaign.
Scammers are sending emails with the subject line: “New Audio Note Received” and then the body of the email message states that one of your contacts in your address book sent the email. The email includes a link such as “Listen to the full message here” which then takes you to a fake OneNote Online page. If you login, your credentials are stolen.
What can you do?
- Be aware of emails asking you to view an audio note. Ask the person who “sent” it if they actually did send it.
- Be aware that Microsoft login forms will just be on microsoft.com, live.com, microsoftonline.com, and outlook.com domains only. If you are presented with a Microsoft login form from any other URL, avoid it and only use your normal bookmarks to go to these sites.
If you have any questions, contact the IT Help Desk (firstname.lastname@example.org).
K-State requires all campus network connected computers to run some form of antivirus software and has provided faculty, staff and students with a centrally funded and administered antivirus solution for over 20 years. During that time, extensive financial and personnel resources have been dedicated to maintaining the service, however the value of doing so has been steadily declining.
Many modern operating systems include built-in or open source antivirus protection that is as effective as the solution K-State is currently providing. During spring semester, Information Technology Services has been working with system administrators across campus to remove the centrally supported antivirus, Trend Micro, from servers and departmental computers.
Students, staff and faculty will also need to uninstall Trend Micro from their personal machines both on campus and at home. A list of recommended antivirus solutions is provided on the K-State Antivirus Software webpage.
Central Trend Micro servers will shutdown at 5 p.m. on June 14. After that time, clients should continue to receive pattern file updates directly from Trend but will not receive program updates. Individuals who attempt to install Trend Micro will receive an error message.
What should you do?
The K-State Antivirus Software webpage will continue to be updated as the campus works through this process. If you have any questions, contact the IT Help Desk (email@example.com)
Two weeks ago we had more compromised eIDs than in the period from January 1 – May 13. Last week proved to be equally lucrative for scammers. Scammers attack when individuals are busy and vulnerable.
As these attacks continue to increase in frequency and sophistication, it is of critical importance that you:
- Think before you click – always be suspicious of any unsolicited communication.
- Don’t respond to that email if you are not absolutely certain of the sender and the contents.
- If you are not certain about an attachment, don’t open it.
- If you do respond to a scam, immediately change your password.
These simple guidelines could prevent scammers from using your credentials elsewhere and even save your identity. Personal information is like money. Value it. Protect it.
Members of Duo enrollment Group 7 will receive their enrollment email on Tuesday, April 16, with an enrollment deadline Tuesday, April 30.
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Members of Duo enrollment Group 6 will receive their enrollment email on Tuesday, April 2, with an enrollment deadline Tuesday, April 16.
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In an ongoing effort to keep K-State’s systems and services safe, malware filtering has been activated for K-State’s email. The filter protects the mail system and individual mailboxes from malicious software by blocking attachments that are commonly used to transmit viruses or malicious software.
The malware filtering is applied to all K-State email: Office 365 webmail and Outlook. All incoming and outgoing email is filtered. Go to File Attachment Types Blocked By K-State Email to view a complete listing of the filetypes currently being blocked, along with common file extensions for the specific filetypes. Continue reading “Malware filtering applied to email attachments”
by Information Technology Services
Members of Duo enrollment Group 5 will receive their enrollment email on Tuesday, March 19, with an enrollment deadline Tuesday, April 2.
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Over the last few months, K-State has seen an increase in gift card scams. As you may have noticed a feature has been turned on in Office 365 that warns K-Staters about messages that contain the words “gift card” whether it is in subject line or in the body of the message. If the system detects those words, it will display the following disclaimer in your message:
**These messages have been known to be malicious. Please, be very cautious with these messages.**
You will most likely receive emails that are legitimate and emails that are scams. Review the email carefully before responding. The following are some examples:
Notice a few things:
- The email address seem suspicious.
- The request is urgent. All scams put some sort of emergency in the request.
- There are typos.
Continue reading “Office 365: Gift card warning notification”
by Information Technology Services
Members of Duo enrollment Group 4 will receive their enrollment email on Tuesday, Feb. 26, with an enrollment deadline Tuesday, March 12.
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K-State is getting hit hard with phishing scams currently. The latest type of scam we are seeing comes in the form of an invoice.
From: Jason White
Sent: Monday, February 11, 2019 12:27 PM
Subject: last bill from Jason White
Please view your last bill.
Account Number: B13661
Invoice Number Amount
Click below to connect eInvoice Payment System
If the above button doesn’t work, please click or copy the below link to your browser
Thank you for using Jason White eInvoice Connect System
Don’t reveal personal or financial information in an email, and do not respond to email solicitations for this information. This includes following links sent in an email.
Cybercriminals are trying to manipulate people into doing what they want so they can steal your information and money.
See the “Students on financial aid are being targeted in phishing attacks” article for more tips on how to stay safe.
See the Scams blog to view recent scams.