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IT Security at Hofstra University

Do you have a suspicious-looking email?

Don’t click!

Forward to phishing@hofstra.edu!

We will safely examine the email to see if it is legitimate and report illegitimate emails. We will let you know what we find.

Social Engineering and Phishing

Hofstra has been experiencing a large number of phishing emails that use “Social Engineering” to get Hofstra employees to open attachments or click on links.  The trend is now to target a single individual and create an email that will be of interest to that person. Opening the attachment or clicking on the link can either install malware on your machine or bring you to a fake login page.

Some of the recent phishing emails we have seen include:

  • An accusation of possible plagiarism with a link to a look at the accuser’s paper. The link downloads malware.
  • Resumes or CVs attachments that contain malware.
  • Warnings that your email account is about to be closed. The link brings you to a fake login site.
  • Warnings that your iCloud/OneDrive/Google Drive/Dropbox/mailbox/etc. is full. The link brings you to a fake login site.
  • Fake invoices that contain malware.
  • Various documents stored at a fake Dropbox link and require you to ‘sign in’. The hacker steals your username and password.
  • The ubiquitous undeliverable package or parcel from UPS, FedEx, etc. The link or attachment contains malware. We’ll see many more of these as the holidays get closer.
  • DocuSign documents. The company, DocuSign, has had a cyber breach and since the breach there have been phishing emails with attached Word documents that have malware.

Another phishing scam is known as the Business Email Compromise (BEC). These emails appear to come from a senior executive asking either for some kind of confidential information or to transfer money. Always confirm in person or by phone with the executive regarding these types of emails.

If you get a suspicious email, please forward it to phishing@hofstra.edu before clicking on any link. We can safely examine the email to see if it is legitimate and report illegitimate emails. We will let you know what we find.

Hofstra's Repair Center Is Here to Help

Did you know that there's a place on campus where you can bring your personal digital devices for repair and general maintenance? Watch this quick rundown on how the Repair Center can help keep you in good digital health.

See the latest edition of the "OUCH" Security Awareness Newsletter.

OUCH Security Awareness logo

See some security suggestions from DHS.

Cybersecurity Tip Card for Undergrads

And here are some tips for securing your mobile devices.

Cyber warfare is around the world

It’s like a world war on an immense, digital, lighting-fast scale, and we want you to be prepared and safe. Norse Corp, an American cybersecurity company, hosts a world map that displays cyber attacks in real time. Some of these attacks are state-sponsored while others initiated by organized crime, or set off by hard to trace individuals. You can see the map here: http://map.ipviking.com and another here: http://cybermap.kaspersky.com

Real-time Attacks

Hofstra IT wants to do what it can to educate you on how to defend yourself and take a stand against these kinds of threats. The internet is an invaluable resource, but it can be a dangerous one to navigate without the right knowledge.


Do you have a suspicious-looking email?

Don’t click!

Forward to phishing@hofstra.edu!

We will safely examine the email to see if it is legitimate and report illegitimate emails. We will let you know what we find.