November, 2017, Important Message from the President...

On 11/20/2017 the following message was sent to over 1,000 Western mailboxes. It was sent by an off-campus address. The way the message was composed makes it appear like the sender is forwarding a message from President Randhawa. The content of the message is vague and uses language that sounds urgent without providing any context. Phishing scams often try to push you into taking urgent action before thinking through the actions and whether or not they could put you at risk.

The remote site that this message tries to direct you to has been blocked from access on Western's wired and wireless networks. If you clicked the link before it was blocked, we urge you to change your universal password and secret questions/answers right away, even if you do not remember entering your credentials. A full virus scan of your computer is also recommended. Please contact the ATUS Help Desk at 360-650-3333 for assistance. 

Phishing Example: Important Message from the President

Topic: Security