Phishing Overview


Detailed Information

What is phishing

By posing as a person or organization you trust, phish actors exploit people for money, steal information, steal credentials, or plant malware.

Spoofed Senders

Messages may look legitimate or from a trusted source, such as:

  • Someone from the University, such as your supervisor or IT

  • Your bank or credit card company;

  • A government agency; 

  • A company that you may have an account with 

It is easy to replicate a logo, format or web page - tactics used by phishers to make messages look legitimate.

Purposes/Types of phishing

  • Credential Harvesting - Request you to log in to a spoofed site with your credentials, so that the phisher can steal your login credentials

  • Planting Malware - Include an attachment, such as an invoice, which could malware to infect your computer 

  • Scamming - Request that you make a purchase such as gift card, software renewal, or item with a very discounted price; or

  • Request you to verify or provide sensitive information. (ex. SSN, DOB etc.)

Risks from phishing

  • Direct Deposit Changes

  • Loss of money through gift-card or fake job scam

  • Loss of valuable university data or credentials that cause a wide-spread breach

  • Loss of Data such encryption which blocks your access if you don’t pay a ransom

  • Malware that may cause other havoc to your computer or steal data over time.

Other Related Phishing Articles


  • Phishing can be sent via email, text message, or phone calls.


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