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We have recently become aware of a targeted text phishing (aka SMS) campaign where the attacker is impersonating University supervisors or leaders. The attacker appears to have gathered some personal cell phone numbers from unknown sources, to make the phishing attempts more convincing.

For Everyone:

• Be cautious of unexpected text messages, even if they appear to come from a known supervisor or leader.
• Do not click on links or provide sensitive information via text message without verifying the legitimacy of the request through a separate, trusted communication channel.
• Report any suspicious text messages to the Information Security Office immediately.

For Faculty/Staff:

• Verify any unusual requests from supervisors or colleagues through a separate, established communication channel, such as a phone call or in-person.
• Be aware that these attempts are prevalent and have been on the increase recently.

For Students:

• Be aware that phishing attacks can target anyone, including students. Remain cautious unsolicited text messages requesting sensitive information.
• If you receive a suspicious text message claiming to be from a University employee, report it to the Information Security Office.


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