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Phishing Attacks

August 20, 2014

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We continue to take actions to help reduce the effects of phishing email attacks. A solution that specializes in detecting and preventing incoming phishing attacks from non-CSUN email addresses has been implemented and now blocks approximately 60,000 fraudulent messages every month. We have also implemented a solution that checks incoming email from off-campus accounts with web links with fraudulent characteristics. If the solution detects fraudulent characteristics, and the user clicks one of these links, they will be directed to a page indicating the website has been blocked.

Despite these preventive measures, phishing email attacks continue to be sent from compromised faculty and staff accounts. The best method to prevent these attacks is to never enter your CSUN user ID and password in response to an email request. The university will never ask you to enter your CSUN user ID and password in an email; therefore, you should delete these fraudulent emails immediately.

For more information, visit Fraudulent Emails Targeting Faculty, Staff and Students.