University Technology Services (UTS) has received several reports of phishing emails and social engineering attacks in recent weeks. Phishing or social engineering emails are used to trick the recipient into disclosing secret or sensitive information such as passwords, Social Security numbers, or usernames. If you get a message asking for your Network Username, password or other secure information, DO NOT reply, DO NOT click any links, and DO NOT provide any personal information. Immediately forward the email to firstname.lastname@example.org and the University Information Security Office will respond.
As a reminder, the university will never ask for a user’s password, Network Username, or personal information in an email. Any emails doing so should be considered fraudulent.
The most reliable means to mitigate phishing threats is through user training and awareness. The use of multi-factor authentication is beneficial in preventing unauthorized access to data if a user has fallen victim to a phishing attack. Duo Security is available for implementation throughout the eight-campus system.
UTS encourages individuals who have responded to such an email to immediately change your password. If you need assistance, contact the UTS Service Desk at (803) 777-1800, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m.