What is the issue?
Security Alert – Virus attempt being circulated via the e-mail
Virus E-Mails are an attempt to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and sometimes, indirectly, money) by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. E-Mail purporting to be from popular social web sites, auction sites, banks, online payment processors or IT administrators are commonly used to lure unsuspecting public. Virus emails may contain links to websites that are infected with malware.
When did the problem start?
At approximately Tuesday, April 14, 2015 6:43 AM the following message started circulating via Email:
SUBJECT: You have received a invoice
Invoice. Please download and read attachment.
END of MESSAGE ****
What are we doing?
Information Services is taking necessary steps to block and protect against this message.
How are the users affected?
Don’t click on the attached file! If you click on the attached file, you could be infected with a virus that will be forwarded to anyone in your address book or recent contacts. The person receiving your email would then be infected with the virus if they open the document and it would be forwarded onto all of their contacts.
Who is affected?
Faculty, Staff, Students and persons outside the university
Is there anything that the affected users should do during or after the outage?
DO NOT click on the New_Document(1).zip file or the executable contained within the zip file.
Who is the contact person?
If you have any questions or concerns or you feel your computer may have a virus or malware, please contact the Helpdesk at 219-785-5511. We can send a technician to run a virus scan on your computer.
Purdue North Central, other organizations or businesses will never ask you for your password or other sensitive and protected information via E-Mail. Please be careful when you click.