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Security Updates.

Sep 17, 2010

Malicious Email Notice

Be aware of any suspicious emails that you may have recently received into your email account from sources you are unfamiliar with.

If you have recently received any email with subject line text matching any of the following known examples as identified in these recent attempts, simply delete the email. The subject lines for the known recent malicious emails are:

1. Please help me
2. Vacation
3. Vuong
4. Credit Card
5. A very warm invitation to you

Always avoid opening suspicious email, clicking on any embedded links, or responding to email from persons, companies and other entities you do not expect correspondence from. Oftentimes, malicious email contains links and/or attachments, zip files or executable files that, upon opening or clicking, will attempt to redirect the user’s internet browser to a malicious website or to install malicious software directly onto the computer. It is generally only after following the link or installing the malicious software that your computer is impacted.

Again, if you have received emails of these types, or with the specified subject lines specified above, simply delete the email. There is no need to make notification of the receipt of such an email message. If you have not followed an embedded link, or clicked on an embedded file within the suspicious email, then your account and computer should be fine.

If you believe you have opened a suspicious email and then continued on to a potentially malicious web site by clicking on an embedded link, or have opened a zip file, other compressed file or executable that was an attachment to the email, please contact your IT Specialist for further instructions on how to address your specific instance.

Your attention in handling unsolicited and potentially damaging email should always include being aware of the email received into your home-based, personal email, as well as, your official work provided account.