Recent SPAM Messages
Recently a few UST email accounts were compromised as a result of phishing. The compromised accounts were then used to send large amounts of SPAM email to the outside world. In addition, the compromised accounts gave the phishers a doorway into the UST community allowing them to harvest UST email addresses. The large quantity of SPAM emails being received are believed to be a result of the compromised accounts.
Phishing emails attempt to deceive individuals into divulging personal information, such as usernames and passwords -- usually using scare tactics. The messages may indicate your email is over the allotted limit, your account is going to be deleted, or you need to re-authenticate your account. The emails use ambiguous names and information and always ask the recipient to supply their credentials.
Please remember, the University will never request you supply your username and password via email. Any email requesting credentials should be deleted without responding, or clicking on any links.