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Mass phishing emails sent to UNT students Tuesday evening

Mass phishing emails sent to UNT students Tuesday evening

September 07
12:03 2018

A large scale phishing attack occurred Tuesday evening when emails from what appeared to be UNT-issued email accounts were sent to students, a UNT help desk technician said.

Students who received the phishing email(s) and clicked on the link in the email are suggested to reset their password at ams.unt.edu, UNT help desk technician Mario Torres said in an email.

Phishing refers to entities attempting to gain access to sensitive information via email. Torres said this is not the first time something of this nature has happened.

Student technician Isma Azam said phishing attacks usually “escalate” and occur during the beginning of the semesters due to students signing into their student emails and pressing on different links.

“Hopefully as the semester goes on it will kind of die down,” Azam said. “The thing to worry about is to make sure you are not pressing on any links that come through emails. If anything, make sure you type the link in the browser rather than clicking on [the link]. Whenever you click on it, the information gets your account and sends it to everyone in your contacts, and it is kind of like a spreading thing.”

Unfortunately, some students’ email accounts may be blocked due to the automated system UNT uses for phishing. For student emails that were affected, students will need to change their account password, Torres said.

Business computer information systems freshman Lazayvion Hammick’s email was hacked during the phishing attack after receiving an initial email at 10:30 p.m., he said.

“I clicked on the link,” Hammick said via email. “It asked me for my password, and I knew it was something skeptical. UNT’s email servers do not ask for email passwords to view emails with compatibility issues.”

He later noticed some of his emails sent to an undeliverable email address were being sent back to him, appearing as if he was sending the emails again.

“I checked my sent items folder and there were 40 instances of this fake email being sent to people I previously corresponded with,” Hammick said. “I got responses from the admissions office, the Mainframe and the Financial Aid office. I was able to fix the issue by changing my password at ams.unt.edu.”

To stop email account forwarding, Torres said students can log into their accounts, find the settings icon, then type in “forwarding” and make sure there are “no emails” set in the setting.

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