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New and Changing: Updates from AIT

Posted December 3, 2018 by Academic and Institutional Technology
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Phishing Exercise--Students

Effective Date: December 3, 2018

We place a great deal of emphasis on cyber security here at Wheaton College.  Working with GreyCastle Security, our Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), each year we send a Training Exercise email to faculty, staff and students around October—Cyber Security Awareness month.  The email that went to students purported to be from the “Wheaton College Coffee Club” and said the student had won a free coffee—all they had to do to claim it was click on a link and enter their username and password.  Many of our savvy students noticed problems with the email—the “From” address wasn’t a Wheaton College address and there was a punctuation mistake, etc.  Many thanks to those of you who recognized that it was a phishing email and deleted it, and to those of you who weren’t entirely sure whether it was a phishing email or not so chose to forward it to the AIT Service Desk.  You can always forward suspicious emails to the AIT Service Desk—we’d much rather look over them and help you discern if they are malicious than have you fall for a scam.  To those of you who did fall for it this year, we hope this will help you be aware in the future of the dangerous phishing emails that are out there which you will undoubtedly continue to receive on a regular basis.  Feel free to read more real phishing examples on our website

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Academic and Institutional Technology at 630.752.4357 (HELP) or by email at ait.service.desk@wheaton.edu