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Phishing

Phishing is a tactic used by hackers to trick people into believing a message or information to make them divulge personal or other sensitive information. This information can then be used for fraudulent purposes including gaining unauthorized access to IT systems and information, impersonating individuals for financial gains, carrying out a ransomware attack, etc.

The University’s email system blocks a significant number of spam and phishing emails. However, no IT system is 100% secure therefore, occasionally spam and phishing emails will be delivered into your inboxes. Remember, a phishing attempt can only be successful if you take the action the attacker wants you to take. Think and be sure before you click.

To test your ability to identify phishing emails, try Google's helpful phishing quiz. Take The Quiz.

Learn more about how phishing works and how you should respond to it.