Information Security Announcements

The purpose of this page is to give people in the School of Pharmacy community a “one stop” place to learn about various information security events that may affect the way we use technology, either temporarily or long-term.  Mostly these will be reports about current malware/phishing scams or other kinds of attacks.  But it could also include updates on school or campus initiatives to help improve our overall information security “posture”.

For specific questions about anything posted here, please contact John DeMuth at

November 13, 2017

Credential Phish Via VPN Notification

Over the weekend some UW-Madison employees received and email asking them to update their Cisco AnyConnect VPN client software.  An image of the message appears below.   VPN client software provides users a way to securely access certain UW on-line resources from networks outside of the campus network.  Many people use this service to access… Read More

October 13, 2017

Blackboard Credential Phishing Email

A number of people across campus are getting messages like the sample below.  We saw a similar one a few weeks ago.  The message claims that you have a Blackboard message and provides a link to a login screen.  Since the campus uses certain Blackboard services, some people may think this is legitimate.  Please note… Read More

October 5, 2017

Another NetID Phishing Email

People are seeing messages come in like the one below asking them to click on a link to read messages from a “faculty admin”.  The message appears to come from an “” address.… Read More

September 29, 2017

Email Quota Exceeded

A number of users are receiving an email similar to the one below informing them that their email… Read More

September 11, 2017

O365 Credential Phish

We’re seeing several instances of people getting an email like the one below.  The use of the UW logo and “” email domain can make it appear to be legitimate.  The name in the “From” address may also be familiar to some people in the health sciences.  In some instances, the message arrives as an… Read More

September 11, 2017

Equifax Data Security Breach

By now, most people have heard about the significant data security breach at the Equifax credit reporting service.  Analysts expect this breach to affect about one-half of the people in the United States.… Read More

September 7, 2017

Blackboard Credential Phish

Campus users report getting an email that appears to come from Blackboard asking people to log in.  The link provided in the email takes you to a credible-looking login page, but the URL is suspicious.  Further, if you enter data into the form fields and click “login”, it takes you to a non-Blackboard site. This… Read More

August 15, 2017

NetID Phishing Scheme

Campus users are reporting an email phishing message similar to the one below.   Some people may recognize it as an unauthentic upgrade alert.  However, the real danger is that the “Click here” link takes you to a NetID “login” page that is indistinguishable from the  real campus NetID login page, except that the URL… Read More