The following legitimate email was sent to the university community on 9/4. Reposting here for archival purposes due to relevance to this site.
Dear University Community,
In an effort to further enhance our cyber defenses, we want to remind you of a common cyber-attack that everyone should be aware of – phishing.
“Phishing” is the most common type of cyber-attack that affects individuals and organizations. Phishing attacks can take many forms, but they all have a common goal – getting you to mistakenly disclose sensitive information such as login credentials, credit card information, or bank account details.
Although we maintain security controls, provide awareness training, and conduct phishing simulations and tests to help protect our campus community from cyber threats, we need your help as the first line of defense.
What You Can Do
To avoid these phishing schemes, please observe the following best practices:
Thanks again for helping to keep our network, and our people, safe from these cyber threats.
Chief Privacy & Security Officer
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign