The University of Texas at Austin

Watch Out For Attachments & Don't Click That Link!

August 27, 2010

Recently, the Information Security Office (ISO) sent a message to the "it-talk" mailing list regarding a barrage of  email attacks targeted at researchers on campus. The message was a strong reminder to remain alert and prudent and never click a link in an email or attachment, even if the message appears to be from someone you know.

The current round of attacks are very targeted "spear phishing" attacks use dangerous files with common types from .zip files to PDFs. Vigilance is necessary to be sure these attacks don’t succeed.

If you--or someone you know--receives a suspicious email, please send the email as an attachment (preserving the headers) to abuse@utexas.edu

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