Unwanted email

By Stig Losnegård

13 January 2020 09:51

Unwanted email

NHH receives a large amount of unwanted emails. About 95 per cent are stopped before it reaches your mailbox. However, the last 5 per cent may still contain some unwanted material. These have enough similarities with ordinary emails so that security filters can’t, with some degree of certainty, conclude that these are unwanted.

We therefore need your help to deal with these. There are three types of such emails that often find their way to your mailbox:

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Recognisable in that they play on feelings, something is urgent, wake your curiosity, create stress - your account has been locked, offer something that is to good to be true.

These want information and typically need you to log on to something, fill out a form, follow a link etc.

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Pretend to be from a superior, a co-worker, a supplier, a friend.

These emails are often about money. Typically want you to change an account number and process an invoice, execute a money transfer, give aid in an emergency.

Also recognisable by playing on emotions and curiosity, creating a sense of urgency or emergency.

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Personalised scams

May include a password you either have used or are using. May include some other personal details.

Commonly use fear or extortion and claim your password as "proof" of having hacked your computer or device. Typically claim that you have been viewing pornography online.

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Stig Losnegård, Information Security Adviser, Office of IT: stig.losnegard@nhh.no (email) eller 55 95 96 96. 

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