What is a Phishing attack?
A phish is an email which is made to look as though it's from a friend, a business or an organization. The email can come from a phony email address that may be only one or two characters different from the real account, or it can come from a real account that has already been compromised. Among the many entities from which a phish pretends to originate, a phish can be made to look like an official email. In the case of our university, the attacker's goal would likely be to steal your UW-P account and password. Regardless of the type of phishing email, all attacks will typically link to an outside website and ask you to provide your credentials. Once attackers possess your credentials and your account is compromised, phishers can hide their activities through redirecting, deleting or forwarding emails that may catch your attention. In other words, you will not see any change to your account and will not know that there is someone else accessing your information.
What is UW-Parkside doing about this?
More than half of all email received by any organization is "spam". UW-Parkside utilizes state-of-the-art filters that use algorithms to remove known or suspicious unwanted emails. The sensitivity of these filters can be adjusted, however adjusting it too high increases the risk that legitimate emails may not get delivered to you. If you and your coworkers receive similar spam emails, please advise the campus help desk. IT staff can then run a process to remove such spam emails from email accounts. Because of the effort and risk involved, this is typically only done when a high number of users are affected. For more information on phishing visit this knowledgebase page.