IT INFRASTRUCTURE & OPERATIONS
INFORMATION SECURITY OFFICER-
December 9, 2016
UC San Diego faculty, staff, and students are often the target of attempts to gain login credentials or personal information, also known as phishing. Phishing is the practice of requesting confidential information in an email that looks like it is from an institution such as a university, bank, IRS, USA or other government, law firm, the Post Office, UPS, FedEx, Amazon, eBay, PayPal or any store or social media.
There has been a recent increase in phishing attempts that refer to packages or parcel deliveries. These are known as Shipping Fraud. The language instructs the user to open an attachment. Do not open any such attachments. Please submit any such attempts to firstname.lastname@example.org.
These and others are fraudulent attempts to encrypt and/or gain access
to your files, credentials or personal information. Protect yourself
from these phishing attempts.
If you do accidentally click on these attachments, please immediately power your system down and contact ITS Service Desk @ 858-246-4357 or Health Sciences Customer Services @ 619-543-7474 and your local Systems Administrator. If have any questions about phishing, you can always consult your department systems administrator, ITS at email@example.com, or the Health Sciences Customer Services.