Email Phishing

Email Phishing

To all staff: Urgent:  Attempts to obtain your email account-related information.

Recently, email has been received by staff, entitled “Attention niagaracollege.ca E-mail Account Holder” asking for email account details.

This is an attempt to obtain your information, to compromise your account and gain access to unauthorized information.

Niagara College INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SERVICES will NEVER ask for this information in an email.

DO NOT RESPOND TO ANY EMAIL-GENERATED REQUESTS FOR THIS INFORMATION AND DO NOT PROVIDE ANY ACCOUNT-RELATED INFORMATION.

What is Phishing?

In the field of computer security, phishing is the criminally fraudulent process of attempting to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. Communications purporting to be from popular social web sites, auction sites, online payment processors or IT administrators are commonly used to lure the unsuspecting public. Phishing is typically carried out by email and it often directs users to enter details at a fake website whose look and feel are almost identical to the legitimate one. Even when using server authentication, it may require tremendous skill to detect that the website is fake. Phishing is an example of social engineering techniques used to fool users, and exploits the poor usability of current web security technologies

If you have any Questions or concerns please contact the Helpdesk at 905-735-2211 Ext 7642