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Phishing Alert! Many Computer Users at MIT Have Received a Fraudulent Email About a Mandatory Security Update
January 27, 2010
Monique Yeaton
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This morning many computer users at MIT noticed an email in their inboxes with the following subject line:
 
MADATORY SECURITY UPDATE - JANUARY 2010 [spelling error intact]

The message goes on to request you to login in to your email account to ensure your account information is up to date, due to an upgrade to an "advanced server" to prevent spam from reaching your inbox. A link is provided, with a URL that has mit.edu included in it. This message is not from MIT!
 
Many members of the MIT community are aware that such messages are fraudulent and will ignore them. But it is important to spread the word to those who may fall for such messages. If a user clicks the link, his or her username and email password could be compromised. Within minutes, the hackers will be able to login to the user's email account and use it to send out the spam they claim in their message they are trying to prevent.
 
This is yet another phishing attempt. To learn more, go to the  What is a phishing email? entry in the  IS&T Hermes knowledge base