Phishers targeting UD after July 30 announcement

The morning of July 30, UD announced its response to an IT security breach that put the confidential information of approximately 72,000 current and past employees, including student employees, at risk.

Unfortunately, cyber criminals also took notice of UD’s response and began sending targeted phishing email messages to UD email addresses.

Important points to remember

  • UD email systems (Google Apps at UD, UD Central Exchange, departmental email servers) were not affected by this security breach. Any email you receive about a problem with your email account or asking you to upgrade your email account because of “the recent security incident” is a phishing attempt, trying to get you to provide your personal information to a cyber criminal. Delete such messages.
  • No one from the University, Kroll Advisory Solutions or any other reputable organization will contact you to request your personal information. If you have been affected by the July 2013 breach at UD and choose to register for credit monitoring with Kroll Advisory Solutions, you will need to provide Kroll Advisory Solutions with your personal information. But Kroll staff will not contact you and ask for that information. You will provide that information at their Web site or on a paper form that they provide you.

    It is also likely that some telephone scams like those we’ve discussed before will try to take advantage of this situation. Do not give out any personal information in response to any unsolicited phone call.

Richard Gordon