Phishing attacks are an ongoing threat to campus and are becoming increasingly sophisticated. Successful Phishing attacks can cause financial loss for victims and put their personal information at risk.
Phishing is a type of attack carried out in order to steal usernames, passwords, credit card information, Social Security Numbers, and other sensitive data by masquerading as a trustworthy entity. Phishing is most often seen on campus in the form of malicious emails pretending to be from credible sources such as UC Berkeley technology departments or financial organizations related to the university.
By tricking campus users into giving away their information, attackers can:
The first rule to remember is to never give out any personal information in an email. No institution, bank or otherwise, will ever ask for this information via email. It may not always be easy to tell whether an email or website is legitimate and phishing emails are using social engineering tactics to make create sophisticated scams.
If you receive an email you are not sure about, forward the suspicious email -- don't reply -- to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the ITCS Service Desk at 510-664-9000. The email can be blocked from the campus system to prevent others from falling victim to the Phishing attack.
No. Phishing attacks can also occur through phone calls, texts, instant messaging, or malware on your computer which can track how you use your computer and send valuable information to identity thieves. It is important to be vigilant at all times and remain suspicious of sources that ask for your credentials and other personal information.