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"NYU Admin Update" Phishing Scam (3/25/2013)

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There are new reports about a sophisticated phishing message that purports to come from "NEW YORK UNIVERSITY", "NYU TEAM" or "Information Technology Services (ITS)". The phishing message claims that NYU "noticed invalid login attempts into you account online from an unknown IP address" and instructs the recipient to " update your account information for your online webmail to be re-activated". An adjacent URL takes victims to a malicious website that requests, amongst other things, the NetID and password. This message is a forgery and should be deleted immediately.

NYU community members should NEVER REPLY TO OR CLICK ANY URL in an email that requests the recipient's e-mail login name and password.

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

  • No NYU community member will ever ask for your account password, especially not over e-mail.
  • Do not reply back to e-mails from unidentified, untrusted sources.
  • Forward all phishing messages to phishing@nyu.edu. This helps train our e-mail filters to block such messages in the future.
  • Messages that request personal information over plaintext email should be regarded as being suspicious. If you are unsure about the legitimacy of a message, contact the IT Service Desk at AskITS@nyu.edu 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 of phishing e-mail