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Phishing Extortion Scams

Recently, a new extortion scam has been reported to the Penn State Office of Information Security (OIS). The scam is personalized and targeted, containing a valid password previously used by the user. The password may not be current; sometimes the password is years...

RE: ABS HFS Purchasing Group

A number of user have reported receiving messages alleging to be from the "ABS HFS Purchasing Group" or similar.  There is a file attached (sometimes named named form.doc). DO NOT OPEN IT. You will infect you machine with the Emotet banking Trojan. Please see this...

The Office of Information Security (or OIS) establishes, implements, and maintains a University-wide security program. We protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of Penn State’s information assets from unauthorized use, access, disclosure, modification, damage, or loss. Our office remains committed to keeping sensitive information safe from ongoing cyber threats. Penn State’s information is valuable. We’ll help you understand the sensitivity of that information and teach you how to protect it.