Security Alerts

The e-mails posted below are malicious attempts received by members of the University community, and approved for posting by Iowa State’s Information Security Office. Select the Title to view the full text of the phishing e-mail.

If you believe you have received a scam e-mail not posted below, forward the message to the Iowa State Security Team at

If you have responded to a suspected scam e-mail, you should reset your NetID password immediately and call the Solution Center at 515-294-4000 to report the bogus e-mail.

Phishing Attempt - subject: "message schedule" or "FW: Payroll schedule message"

Mar 28, 2019
The original email is from mojo(at) The link in the message will redirect you to a website which was compromised and serving hostile web content.

Meltdown and Spectre

Dec 31, 2018

What to know about Meltdown and Spectre

On Tuesday, 3 January 2018, a vulnerability was announced affecting Intel and ARM chips. More information on Iowa State's plan as well as the vulnerabilities are described below.

Phishing Attempt - There have been over 1000 messages from in the past week

Nov 16, 2018
The security team has received a large number of reports saying that many employees received phishing emails from email address. Please DO NOT reply!

Phishing Attempt - subject: REQUEST or subject: HELLO

Nov 05, 2018
Many employees reported to us that they received an email from someone claiming to be Dr. Wintersteen. The subject of the email might be " REQUEST" or "HELLO".

Phishing Attempt - Subject: Order Confirmed (Order #099220118, Approved)

Oct 08, 2018
The “Download Receipt” link points to a Google Docs download that is a fake Microsoft Docs login page.

Beware - Phone Scam Alert: Scammers impersonate the Chinese Consulate

Sep 05, 2018
The security team has received many reports about receiving calls that are playing an automated message in Chinese. The calling number is +13128030095.

Beware - Adult video spyware scam

Aug 14, 2018
This is a new extortion scam where scammers email you stating that they know the recipient's password, have installed malware on the computer, created videos of the recipient using adult web sites through their webcam, a

AccessPlus Phishing Attempt

Aug 02, 2018
This was submitted to this morning. There is an active AccessPlus phishing attempt going on. The domain being used is This has been blocked from the campus border.

Phishing Attempt - subject: Action Needed

Jul 31, 2018

From: <> On Behalf Of Postmaster
Sent: Tuesday, July 31, 2018 6:16 AM
Subject: Action Needed

Due to SSL updateYoua are required to follow the link and update your email account Start Here

Phishing Attempt - subject : New Web-mail Upgrade

Jul 10, 2018

Subject: ALERT


This is a reminder that the New Web-mail Upgrade will begin at 1:00pm, Monday, July 9th, ending at 6:00am, Wednesday, July 11th. During this time, you will experience delay in receipt of mails. Please carefully fill in your information below to enable us upgrade your account.


During this implementation, the HELPDESK team will be on site viewing logs and to resolving server issues.

We appreciate your patience while this important maintenance is being performed.