Protect your passwords: Learn about potential email scams
We’ve long known that criminals target universities, including the University of Michigan, trying to get your password so they can gain access to your accounts, your personal private information, university computing resources, valuable research data, and other sensitive institutional data. Dozens of U-M faculty and staff members have been victims of these criminal spear phishing scams.
Phishing attacks are now increasingly directed at hospitals and health systems, and these attacks could result in harm to patients as well as financial costs to the health system. Hackers are looking for patient information such as names, addresses, dates of birth, Social Security numbers and health insurance policy numbers, possibly resulting in medical identity theft and compromised information in the medical record.
A four-minute video on the Safe Computing website describes the threat of spear phishing and explains what we can do to protect our patients, ourselves, and the university.