All About Phishing

PhishingPhishing is

…the act of attempting to acquire information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and sometimes, indirectly, money) by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.

(Wikipedia definition)

If you receive questionable emails or phone calls of this nature, do not respond. Instead, hang up or delete the message, use the advice below to asses whether the query is fraudulent, or contact the Help Desk for assistance: call (617) 495–7777 or use Get Help on this site.

Visit security.harvard.edu for more information on how to protect yourself from scams.

When evaluating an email you received that you suspect may be phishing, bear in mind that neither HUIT nor any reputable organization (banks, websites, agencies, Government departments) will ever ask you to send your passwords or confidential information in an email or over the phone. For account management, employment issues and the like, HUIT will always direct you to one of a handful of administrative websites whose identity you can verify using your browser’s capabilities:

Recent phishing attacks

Subject Kind Date
+Suspension of Your Email Account
Phishing 6/9/2014
Update your Password
Phishing 1/16/2014
Dear fas.harvard.edu Email Account Owner
Phishing 1/13/2014
Payroll or Open Enrollment
Bank Account request 1/10/2014
Fraud Alert :  Irregular Card Activity
  12/4/2013
Verify Your Account
Web Form 12/2/2013
 Important Notice - Verify your FAS Email account now
Web Form 10/4/2013
EMAIL ACCOUNT UPGRADE
Web Form 9/23/2013
WEBMAIL ACCOUNT UPDATE NEEDED(STUDENT & FACULTY)
Web Form 9/20/2013
Mailbox Upgrade Routine( Student & Faculty)
Web Form 9/19/2013
Employment Opportunity, Administrative Assistant Position, Get a New Job Today, Start Working Today
Phishing 9/7- 9/9
Harvard Fas Webmail Account Alert !!!
Web Form 8/26/2013
system upgrade
Web Form 8/26/2013
Mailbox Exceeded Limit!!!
Web Form 8/26/2013
Upgrade Your Email Quota Limit
Adobe Form 8/21/2013
faculty/staff/student/employee mailbox upgrade routine
Info Request 7/22/2013
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Info Request 7/7/2013