Phishing scam targets University

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Students study in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Building in Champaign, IL. October 4, 2016.

By Jessica Bursztynsky, Interim Editor-in-Chief

A phishing scam hit University email accounts on Tuesday morning, according to Technology Services.

Hackers sent out an email disguised as a fax message, in hopes that the person would click on the link.

Once the attachment is opened, a Word document will install TrickBot, a malware, onto Windows computers which then leaves the person’s passwords vulnerable.

Technology Services recommends those who believe they have the malware to install an anti-malware device, such as Malware Bytes. The malware program should be sufficient in removing the virus.

Any passwords saved to a computer that has been hacked should be changed in order to prevent further harm.

Assistance is also available at the Technology Services Help Desk by phone at 217-244-7000 or by emailing [email protected]

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