What is phishing?
Phishing is a psychological attack, usually in the form of an email, text message, or phone call that tries to manipulate the target into performing an action they would not otherwise do. This manipulation uses psychological techniques, such as lying, evasion, intimidation, or preying on the target's willingness to help. Everyone, including you, is a phishing target.
PhishNet was created to be a central place to discuss phishing and view a curated list of phishing emails that have been caught by the Bradley community. Every email in this list has been reported by Bradley students, faculty, or staff, and their actions make Bradley safer. Thank you to Brown University's Phish Bowl for the original idea.
How to protect yourself from phishing
- Watch for red flags, such as From display names not matching the email address, offers that are too good to be true, messages that include links or attachments that create a sense of urgency, or links that display a different link when hovered over.
- If you have clicked and followed a link in a phishing email, opened an attachment, or have interacted with the scammer, please contact the Office of Information Security at email@example.com as soon as possible.
- Report phishing emails you have received. You are the most effective way to detect and stop phishing, and you are helping protect your fellow students and employees.
- Security Awareness Training - All employees are required to take a training course about phishing. Training can be accessed through Canvas. Phishing training is also available to any student who wishes to take it. If you are a student who would like to take the phishing course, please contact the IT Service Desk at (309) 677-2964 or the Office of Information Security at firstname.lastname@example.org.