Avoid scamming after tragedy
Spammers often exploit current events like the Boston bombing to spread malware or gain access to computing resources. UW-Platteville Information Security cautions all faculty, staff, and students to exercise additional caution, and to stop and think before clicking on web links, e-mails, and Facebook posts related to this (or any) tragedy. Instead, go to major or trusted news websites for information.
Following is a sample of subject lines used in conjunction with the Boston phishing campaign:
- “2 Explosions at Boston Marathon”
- “Aftermath to explosion at Boston Marathon”
- “Boston Explosion Caught on Video”
- “BREAKING – Boston Marathon Explosion”
- “Video of Explosion at the Boston Marathon 2013”
- “Runner captures. Marathon Explosion”
At any time, if you receive unsolicited e-mail or if you are unsure of the sender:
- Do Not Reply
- Do Not Click on any links
- Do Not Open any attached files
- Delete the Message immediately
If you have received an e-mail such as that described above, and have responded to the e-mail or clicked on a link, please change your network password immediately and contact the OIT Help Desk as soon as possible at 608.342.1400.
For additional information see the Center for Internet Security article: “Boston Marathon Bombing is Being Used to Disseminate Malware and Conduct Financial Fraud.”