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Information Security TIP OF THE WEEK


This week’s tip is a reminder not to click on links in emails, even if it is from someone you supposedly know. UTHSC was hit hard this week with many people giving away their NetID passwords in a phishing scam. The phishers then used the Sent Items of those compromised accounts to pretend to “continue” a conversation, using the Subject line of a previous email, but asking the person to click on a link and sign in to read a message. This gave the bad people even more NetIDs and passwords to continue the phish.


  • Do not click on links in emails!!!!!
  • If you have concerns about an email, call the person and ask if it is legitimate.  DO NOT reply to the email, as the bad people have control of the account. Use a second means of communication.
  • Hover over links in emails to see exactly where they want you to go.
  • Do not click on links in emails!!!!!
  • Report any suspicious emails to abuse@uthsc.edu. The quicker we know, the faster we can stop the attack.
  • Do not click on links in emails!!!!!

Stay safe out there in the cyber world!

For more information, or if you would like an Information Security Team member come talk to your group about this or any other InfoSec topic, contact the team at itsecurity@uthsc.edu.