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DaughtersOfColumbus "Lawsuit" Phishing attack

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There are new reports about a sophisticated phishing message that purports to come from Crosby & Higgins LLP lawfirm. The message claims that there is "...a lawsuit that we filed against you in court on March 11, 2010... " and requests you click on an URL to open a Word DOC file containing the complaint. This email is NOT legitimate.

Phishing messages phishing messages should be forwarded as an attachment to our email filtering account Doing so trains our email filters to prevent such types of messages from arriving into inboxes.

Please note: It is very important to forward the message as an attachment, otherwise our email filters will not be able to parse through the message correctly.

As a reminder of better security practices, always remember that:

  • No NYU community member will ever ask for your account password, especially not over email.
  • Never click on suspicious links in email, especially from unknown, untrusted sources
  • Do not reply back to emails from unidentified, untrusted sources.
  • Only the Office of the General Counsel can act on legal matters on behalf of the University
  • Forward all phishing messages as an attachment to This helps train our email filters to block such messages in the future.
  • Messages that request personal information over plaintext email should be regarded as being suspicious. If it is spam, forward it to If you are unsure about the legitimacy of a message, contact the ITS Client Services Center at or 212-998-3333.
  • If a message informs you of an impending "account closure" unless you comply with its demands, it is often a sign that the message is a phishing scam. Do not comply with its requests.

The following sites also provide several useful tips on defending against these types of phishing attacks:

Example Phishing Message

Date: Date: March 24, 2010 5:54:08 AM EDT
Subject: Important Lawsuit notice.

March 20, 2010
Crosby & Higgins
350 Broadway, Suite 300
New York, NY 10013

To Whom It May Concern:

On the link bellow is a copy of the lawsuit that we filed against you in court on March 11, 2010. Currently the Pretrail Conference is scheduled for April 10th, 2010 at 9:30 A.M. in courtroom #33.The case number is 3485934. The reason the lawsuit was filed was due to a completely inadequate response from your company for copyright infrigement that our client Daughters Of Columbus org. is a victim of Copyright infrigement

http://www. daught3s 0f c0lumbus. c0m/XXXXX.XXXX.doc

Daughters of Columbus has proof of multiple Copyright Law violations that they wish to present in court on April 10th, 2010.