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Monday, October 17, 2016

Beware of malware delivered by email

malware email

Some faculty and staff have received email messages with the subject VERIFY, like the one shown at right. This is a malicious phishing message designed to steal NetIDs and passwords through a legitimate-looking email message. Some of these messages may appear to come from an @uta.edu email address.

If you receive suspicious email messages, please send them to phish@uta.edu.

If you have responded to a spam/phishing scheme by submitting information about your UTA password, immediately go to www.uta.edu/selfservice and change your password and security questions. If you are unable to change your password, contact the OIT Helpdesk at ext. 2-2208 as soon as possible.

Always exercise caution when clicking links or opening attachments in suspicious email messages, especially those that you’re not expecting. Malicious actors try to steal usernames and passwords or install malicious software using attachments or links. Keep in mind:

• Do not provide a NetID and password in email.
• Do not respond to emails that require you to enter personal or financial information directly into the email.
• Do not reply to emails asking you to send personal information.
• Do not use your email address as your password.
• Do not respond to emails threatening to close your account if you do not provide personal information.

For more information about phishing, visit the Information Security Website at www.uta.edu/security/phishing.

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