IT director: College hit by “phishing attack”

Two phishing emails spammed college faculty and students earlier this week, and Larry Stoffel, director of information technology services, is warning the college community to be on the lookout for more.

The emails, which appear to be sent by both a college staff member and a student, are titled “Document” and read, “View this Document i attached to you via Google Docs. Sent on 8/03/2017.”

The email also includes a link asking the recipient to view the document.

Stoffel said this email is an attempt from someone to gain access of a user’s login and password information.

“It is a best practice to never click on the link in an email, even if you think it is legitimate,” Stoffel wrote in an email to faculty and staff Friday. “It is just as easy to go to the website apart from email and log in. If you practice never clicking on a link sent to you in an email, you will never release information you don’t want others to have.”

In the March 11, 2016 edition of The Franklin, IT Systems Administrator Solomon Seal said hundreds of spam, phishing and malware emails are sent daily to the college community, but only one or two earn their way into the inbox each month.

Seal manages the campus email servers, working to block these types of emails before they reach the inboxes of faculty and students. But as witnessed this week, sometimes the spam filters miss them.

If you have clicked on the link and supplied the requested information, Stoffel said to immediately change your account password at Contact the IT department at with questions and concerns.

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