FlashLine hit by e-mail scam yesterday

Kent State e-mail users have been targeted by an e-mail phishing scam, according to a FlashLine message posted yesterday.

Some users have received an e-mail claiming to be from the university, which asks recipients to respond with their usernames and password in order to verify their account. The message advises users to delete the e-mail without responding and not to click any of the links in the message.

If a Kent State e-mail user has responded to the e-mail, the FlashLine alert advises them to change their password at http://flashword.kent.edu immediately.

According to the message, phishing is a social engineering technique in which criminals attempt to obtain sensitive information, including passwords and credit card numbers, by sending e-mails that appear to be from a trusted source.

– Staff report