National Cyber Security Awareness Month: Phishing

Phishing scams are based on cyber criminals sending messages or emails trying to trick recipients into providing valuable data, such as login credentials for your bank account, social network, work account or cloud storage. There is usually a sense of urgency to get you to throw common sense out the window.
 
Phish emails often contain a “camouflaged” link or attachment. They look innocent, but the link sends users to malware infested websites that immediately infect your computer or ask for your network credentials. Similarly, a phish attachment is malware disguised as an important PDF or work document. Once you open the attachment, the malware infects your computer with ransomware. Users should never enter a password included in the same email as the attachment – don’t let your curiosity rule you!
 
The biggest red flag on all these scams is the sender’s email address; always check to see who sent you an email. Most scams originate from outside our network (like from Hotmail, Gmail or Yahoo). Legitimate communication from LCC comes from the lcc.edu domain (although this can also be spoofed, so be careful). Remember, it’s OK to open emails and read them, but never open attachments or click on links unless you were expecting the email or are confident it is legitimate.
 
When you receive emails from an unknown or suspicious sender, please send them to the LCC Help Desk at lcc1@lcc.edu. We’ll double-check them for validity, and we’ll do it very quickly!
 
If you have questions or would like further information, contact ITS Director of Information Security Paul Schwartz at schwarp1@lcc.edu.