'Handful of Accounts Compromised' in USI Phishing Attack

A spokesperson for the University of Southern Indiana says a handful of USI email accounts were compromised during a phishing attack that took place on Tuesday, April 20.

Posted: Apr 21, 2021 11:52 AM
Updated: Apr 21, 2021 12:42 PM

The University of Southern Indiana is asking its faculty, staff, and students to be vigilant following a phishing attack that took place on Tuesday.

According to a spokesperson for the University, USI's Information Technology (IT) Department was alerted to the cyberattack during the evening hours of Tuesday, April 20.

USI says University email accounts were being targeted by fraudulent emails that were made to appear as if they came from the USI IT Help Desk. Those fake emails, or "phishing" emails, prompted users to enter their USI password.

According to USI, "only a handful of accounts were compromised" due to the University's implementation of a multifactor authentication system, which helps prevent hackers from accessing accounts even if passwords are compromised.

Be that as it may, the IT Department is urging all faculty, staff, and students to be vigilant. "If an email is received which seems suspicious, report it to IT immediately," USI said Wednesday.

“We are urging everyone to be vigilant and report any suspicious emails to the IT Department immediately,” said Richard Toeniskoetter, USI Chief Information Officer. “The security of student and staff information is always a top priority, but we need their help in reporting suspicious emails and always thinking twice before clicking links or responding to requests for passwords or other personal information.”

USI says anyone who thinks their account may have been compromised should change their password immediately.

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